Dynamic Classrooms

Here is what we know:

  • Children spend a great deal of their time in classrooms.
  • Most classrooms are set up so that children spend much of this time sitting.
  • A sedentary lifestyle is linked to numerous health risks.
  • Those risks are not reduced by short bouts of exercise during the day.

These facts combine to mean that the conventional classroom set-up puts children at risk of injury and disease even if they are active outside of the classroom. The solution? To move more frequently throughout the school day by making classrooms less static and more dynamic!

Enabling children to get more movement during their day doesn’t have to take away from their learning. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that more movement can actually improve learning outcomes.

What does a dynamic classroom look like?

  • Standing workstations.
  • Activities taking place on the floor.
  • Academic lessons taking place outside.
  • Movement breaks during lessons.
  • Clothing and footwear that enables natural movement.

Embody Balance Consulting

If you are a teacher, parent or student, I can help you make the case for dynamic classrooms. I work with schools to come up with solutions to help everyone move more for better health. Please get in touch via the contacts page.

References:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09613218.2015.1058093