Why do we want to move our bodies in the classroom?
Physical activity has always had a place in my teaching practice. As a fourth-grade math teacher, I sought opportunities to include active games and movement breaks in my lessons because young learners benefit from these engaging interludes. Whether, as some research suggests, physical activity is measurably connected to cognition, or whether it's simply fun and inclusive, my observations suggest that students who move around are more engaged and better prepared to learn.
Physical + Creative Play
In STEAM education, the efficient, handheld devices we use to interact with media and games present a challenge to incorporating physical activity. The Explode the Controller project explores the boisterous possibilities of devices that encourage running, jumping, and dancing to interact with our coding projects.