"Whether we’re talking about preschool, elementary through secondary school, college, or even adult learners, schools – and policymakers – have for too long accepted the belief that learning best occurs while students are seated (and quiet, of course). The theory may have been understandable back when they didn’t have the research to prove otherwise. But today we do and it’s important that you know about it.”
In this excellent article by educational consultant Rae Pica, she questions the most basic tenet of our public school system—that kids need to SIT DOWN for the great majority of their time in school. With all that we know now about how the brain works, this makes no sense at all:
“We have research showing that the brain is far more active during physical activity than while one is seated. We have research demonstrating that sitting in a chair increases fatigue and reduces concentration (our bodies are designed to move, not sit). Yet policymakers and schools implement policies (more testing; no recess; even fewer bathroom breaks) that require students to do more sitting. What sense can that possibly make?"
Give it a read—and consider how you can bring more movement into your own work with children!