Date Approved

4-25-2023

Graduate Degree Type

Project

Degree Name

Education-Instruction and Curriculum: Early Childhood Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education

First Advisor

Elizabeth Stolle

Academic Year

2022/2023

Abstract

As rigor continues to rise, so does the amount of time we are asking students to sit sedentary in their seats. It has become a common practice for educators to reduce or remove from their schedules activities that get their students up and moving in exchange for more academic minutes. Currently there is a dilemma in schools in finding the balance between instructional time and physical activity; even though it is becoming more well known that physical activity increases student attention and learning. To rectify this gap in practice schools need to create a culture of movement that is integrated throughout the school environment by everyone. This project provides the framework to create a building wide culture of movement in a k-5 elementary school. This framework follows the eight steps in the Kotter Model of Change and includes resources to guide team meetings, educate staff, and evaluate the effectiveness of implementation.

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