Utilizing Movement in the Secondary Classroom
Date of Award
Master of Arts in Education
Brian Boothe, Ed. D.
Kelly Sadlovsky, Ph. D.
Secondary Education, Movement Breaks, Classroom-Based Physical Activity, Physical Activity
Few individuals would contest research suggesting physical activity is essential for the healthy development of children. Movement stimulates growth and supports their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional progression, but many are quick to forget the benefits of physical activity for adolescent students. Physical activity is continually being limited in secondary education, and it is preventing students from achieving their full potential. Evidence suggests the implementation of physical activity into the classroom environment not only supports academic achievement but also social and emotional development. The following review of literature will address these benefits as well as the barriers preventing educators from implementing activities that utilize movement and suggest practical applications for educators looking to implement classroom-based physical activity.