I am so happy to see your posting. I whole-heartedly believe that children have to move to learn best. I've read research, too, that indicates that most humans can sit and attend for about 20 minutes and then they have to do some sort of movement before being able to really attend fully.
Our DOE actually did all of their Language Arts, Math and Science Teacher workshops one year to include movement and demonstrated how easily it can be incorporated. Every time I teach a subject there is a part that we are moving to.
In my classroom, every student uses a fitness ball to sit on and we work in 5 minutes here and there for exercise, especially during tests and more stressful times of the year. I also give the students a class choice every day of either Mindfulness (relaxation) exercises or dance. I have two DVDs that we can pop in our classroom computer and project up to the screen the dance DVDs for everyone to follow along. They are easy and the kids love them.
I also try to educate my parents every month in my newsletter around increasing activity levels. I've even posted some great links on my web page.
Thanks for writing about this topic.
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