Active Classrooms

Active kids learn better!

Classroom physical activity helps students feel better, work together as a team, reduce anxiety and maintain focus.

Did you know? Classroom teachers can contribute to their students’ need for movement while simultaneously teaching and reinforcing academic concepts.

There are several ways to incorporate movement into classroom learning:

  • Morning wake up activities
  • Activity breaks, brain boosters and energizers
  • Active learning and academic instruction
  • Flexible seating such as sit-stand desks, pedal desks and balance boards
  • Remember, if a child is sitting too long, they are missing out on vital movements that could help them learn.

Active Classrooms Week

Get the teachers in your school to participate in Active Classrooms Week. Use social media, #ThisIsYourBrainOnMovement, to showcase ways you integrate physical activity into your classrooms and highlight the positive impact movement has on your students. It takes place in early December.

Integrating movement into classroom learning can be intimidating. Active Schools and our partners work year-round to encourage and support schools across the country in creating active classroom environments.

Make the case and make a plan for providing active classrooms with these research-based but user-friendly documents from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Springboard to Active Schools:

Implementation resources available from our partner organizations:

Integrating Movement into Classroom Instruction

Equipment for Flexible Seating and Movement

Parent Engagement

Engaging parents in your school’s physical education and physical activity program will provide many benefits. Get ideas and tips on how to engage parents from these resources: