Balanced Trees: A Movement Break Curriculum Manual for Teaching All Students How to Improve Posture and Wellness in the Classroom
This project explored the benefits of movement breaks, mindfulness, and specific postures to simultaneously enhance students’ posture and reduce stress and anxiety, primarily in a classroom setting. The product for this project is a curriculum to guide educators in successfully implementing specific sitting and standing movement poses as brain breaks to improve students’ posture, attention and overall well-being. This curriculum manual is entitled Balanced Trees – A Movement Break Curriculum Manual for Teaching All Students How to Improve Posture and Wellness in the Classroom. The actual curriculum consists of three sections: three-minute sequences, five-minute sequences, and seven-minute sequences. Although this curriculum was created for educators interested in incorporating movement breaks into the classroom routine, it also is useful for administrators and coaches who are considering incorporating an alternative approach that prepares students for learning and facilitates student engagement when learning new skills. The activities and lessons included in the manual are designed to be used in any educational setting, preferably with small to moderate sized groups of students, and in a location away from outside distractions. While activities and lessons were created for children with special needs in mind, they are appropriate for any students who could benefit from learning breaks, postural alignment poses, and mindfulness techniques. The curriculum will be shared with interested educators on a webpage and distributed via email. The ultimate goal for teachers and students involved in this program is to gain a better understanding of how they can incorporate sitting and standing postures into their daily lives to improve posture and overall well-being.