Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Patty Whang


Many elementary school students are unengaged and unfocused which can negatively affect their learning. Thus, the focus of this capstone project is on increasing physical activity inside the classroom to help students become more engaged and focused in their learning. This is important for elementary school teachers and students because students should be better able to learn and grow in their academics if they are focused and alert. An evidence-based argument is made that incorporating physical activity inside the classroom will allow students to be more focused which leads to more academic success. The two primary stakeholder perspectives chosen were elementary school teachers at Wood Elementary and their students because considerations of the issue of students’ activity in the classroom should include the perspectives and the opinions of teachers and students. After the interviews, three action options emerged to help improve student engagement in the classroom by incorporating physical activity. Based on an analysis of the data, teachers incorporating scheduled physically active breaks was the action chosen as the most effective option for improving student engagement in the classroom.

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