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2nd Edition

Learning on Your Feet
Incorporating Physical Activity into the K–8 Classroom

ISBN 9780367748272
Published November 30, 2021 by Routledge
164 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Students often learn better on their feet than in their seats, and this powerful book helps you make the most of that in the classroom. Authors Brad Johnson and Melody Jones show that with COVID-19 leading to more inactivity, more schools cutting PE, and the rise in sedentary obesity, it’s more important than ever for kids to get moving.

Throughout the book, Johnson and Jones offer practical strategies on how to transform the physical classroom, how to manage the classroom with movement, and how to integrate fitness and technology. They break down research on how movement can help stimulate brain function and improve skills such as critical thinking, organization, focus, engagement, and achievement. They also offer a variety of movement-based activities for English-language arts (ELA); social studies; science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); and more. This updated second edition includes even more exercises and activities that can be used daily and incorporated into the content areas.

No matter what grade level or subject you teach, you’ll find easy to implement activities you can use immediately to increase your students’ energy and enjoyment of learning.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction: Why Do Students Need to Get Moving More? 1. We Learn Better on Our Feet than in Our Seats 2. Play is Learning Part II: Getting Started: Preparing to Incorporate Movement in the Classroom 3. Transforming the Physical Classroom 4. Integrating Fitness and Technology 5. Integrating And Managing Movement Part III: Strategies to Try: Ways to Incorporate Movement in the Classroom 6. Activities to Reduce Stress 7. Activities to Help Students Focus 8. Activities to Promote Teamwork 9. Activities to Engage Through Music and Rhythm 10. Activities to Build Core Strength 11. Activities to Improve Balance 12. Activities for Fun and Play 13. Activities for Real-World STEM Instruction 14. Activities for English and Social Studies

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Brad Johnson has over 25 years of experience as a teacher and administrator at the K-12 and collegiate level. He is an internationally known inspirational and motivational speaker in education and leadership.

Melody Jones is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Youth Exercise Specialist, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, and Weight Loss Specialist.