ActivEd/Walkabouts is part of the Active Schools national collaborative of leading health, education, and private sector organizations working to create active school environments. Classroom physical activity offers many benefits for students including teamwork, improved focus, a reduction in anxiety, and helping students feel better overall. Wherever students learn, movement is a great tool for teachers and caregivers looking to energize tired or distracted students while also calming students and getting them focused on earning.
What Is Active Classrooms Month?
Throughout February, teachers and caregivers can participate in Active Classrooms Month.
- Showcase ways they integrate physical activity into learning.
- Highlight the positive impacts movement has on children and young people.
- Check out this detailed listing of Active Classrooms Webinars full of great information about getting kids moving in the classroom.
- Ask your students (and even their parents/caregivers) to participate in four live physical activity boosts each week in February. Find the link to register for these activities here!
- Feb. 2 – Calming and Refocusing Strategies (4pm EST/1pm PST)
- Feb. 9 – Let’s Rock It! (6:30pm EST/3:30pm PST)
- Feb. 16 – Model of Success (6pm EST/3pm PST)
- Feb. 22 – Academic Accelerators (3:30pm EST/12:30pm PST)
- Access additional classroom physical activity resources from other Active Schools partner organizations, such as HOPSports - Brain Breaks, Hip Hop Public Health, and OPEN Active Classrooms for physical activity boosts, movement integrated into academic lessons, and flexible seating for active learning
- Review the CDC’s Strategies for Classroom Activity (strategies begin on page 11)
- Post your stories — in photos and/or words — on social media during February (and beyond)! Remember to review these social media guidelines and samples to protect your students’ privacy.
- Ask your students’ caregivers to post words and/or photos about how movement during learning helps their children.
- Engage in professional development to help teachers and caregivers experiment and build confidence with incorporating movement and learning.
We can’t wait to see your Active Classrooms all month long! Together we can keep more kids moving and learning.
Walkabouts (www.walkabouts.com) offer web-based lessons for pre-K to second grade students that integrate movement with language arts, math, and reading content. Walkabouts are evidence-based, and each online adventure engages students in kinesthetic learning. With Walkabouts, you can easily support the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity per day!
Additional resources from Active Classrooms can be found here.