Kids learn through movement. A study from the University of Virginia found that, compared to 1998, children today are spending far less time on self-directed learning—moving freely and doing activities that they themselves chose—and measurably more time in a passive learning environment. However, research has shown time and again that children need opportunities to move in class.
Memory and movement are linked, and the body is a tool of learning, not a roadblock to or a detour away from it. Schools that have sought to integrate more movement and free play, such as short 15-minute recess periods throughout the day, have seen gains in student attention span and instructional time.
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