Academic improvement in elementary school students with movement and no desks

Amanda Bailey, California State University, Monterey Bay

Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department


My project was designed to address the potential academic improvement through adding movement in an academic classroom setting. I believe that movement is crucial for a child to learn. To have the most opportunity for movement in the classroom a room with no desks would be best. For my project I created lesson plans that incorporated movement in the academic subjects, outside physical education classes. I also designed classroom layouts that provided more open space. I designed rooms that still have desks, but moved out of the way as well as classrooms that did not use desks at all. For this project I implemented movement lessons and assessed their progress and success afterward with an individual in the field.