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Local Schools Embracing Movement in Classrooms

Category: Parent Points

Classrooms nationwide are embracing movement, and Mississippi schools are right on trend.

Eastside Elementary School in Clinton has approved the use of flexible seating in Marcy McDonald’s 4th grade Math and Science classes. After doing much research and finding nothing but positive outcomes including more oxygen flow to the brain and increased motivation and engagement, McDonald presented the idea to Principal Cindy Hamil and it was approved. Seating includes beanbags, high stools, crates and other options that allow children to move around while they’re seated.

“Being an active person myself and not particularly liking having to sit for several hours, I realized my students probably felt the same way since they are younger and much more active,” McDonald said. “Students need to get up and be active and our chairs and schedule throughout the day don’t always allow for that.”

First Presbyterian Day School is also embracing classroom movement. After sending faculty to observe Boston-area schools that were incorporating movement in their classrooms and coming home to do more research, they discovered that movement in the classroom can effectively increase energy expenditure and physical activity as well as enhance cognitive development and educational outcomes. FPDS has started using standing desks, movable seating and “bungie bands” in the classrooms to actively engage students in the learning process.

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