Move to Learn - Learn to move

Some Background Information

I have been interested in and experienced the importance of movement in learning for many years. In the early years I thought just being involved in ANY physical activity was enough to improve attention and concentration. What I found was that many students who were physically active continue to struggle with academics and those who were not active, many of them struggled even more. As I watched children attempt basic locomotor(whole body-running, skipping, jumping etc.) movement, participation in activities and cooperation with other children I noticed that many struggled with behavior as well. I began reading books on movement and learning. Many of these books talk about brain development as well as brain-body integration. I asked classroom teachers about students who struggled academically and/or behaviorally. I found there was a correlation and that students who struggle academically also struggled physically(lack of core strength, clumsiness, and coordination). That is where my journey began...