Integrating Movement in the Classroom to Improve Students' Academic Achievement, Cognitive Function, and Behavior

This project explores the benefits of incorporating more movement in the classroom and the effects it has on students’ academic achievement, cognitive function, and behavior. Being physically fit has numerous positive effects on the body, but little has been researched in terms of students’ education. In reviewing the literature, research revealed that students who were more physically fit scored higher on standardized tests indicating that there is a relationship between fitness and academics. The use of physical fitness as an antecedent was found to have a positive correlation to less disruptive behaviors from students in both general and special education settings. Research supports that students are not getting enough access to movement, and this project provides a solution. A guidebook has been created that consists of movements that teachers and students can perform inside the classroom with no need of additional equipment, technology, or preparation time. By implementing this project in classrooms, teachers will find the benefits movement has on student’s academics, cognitive function, and behavior. It is the hope that positive feedback from teachers will allow school administration and districts to feel more confident about dedicating more time during the school day for physical activity and movement.