Building Resilience Through Movement:
Classroom-Based Instructional Practices
One teacher can make all the difference in the lives of children. One way to strengthen this instructional relationship is to add movement to the equation. Research shows a positive correlation between movement, learning, and resilience; when students get up and move before (or while) they learn, there is a notable increase in students’ critical thinking skills, a decrease in anxiety and frustration, and an observable increase in their excitement for school. This excitement and energized state-of-mind lays the foundation for future success and helps students overcome learning difficulties and psychological stress. Students need strategies that prioritize mental, social, and emotional health, if they are to be successful in school; movement – structured, consistent, and fun – is the key.