Children shouldn’t sit still in class — and neither should adults

Children and adults shouldn’t sit still in class. It’s amazing that we ignore established research on ways to improve children’s learning when designing adult learning environments.

Some research:

Dr Ash Routen’s and Dr Lauren Sherar’s article “Active lessons can boost children’s learning and health” contains additional links.

Yet meeting programs are full of sessions where attendees sit and listen for an hour or more. Attendees learn less, and long-term learning accuracy and retention deteriorate.

“Kids aren’t meant to sit still all day and take in information. Adults aren’t wired that way either.”
—Steve Boyle, one of the co-founders of the National Association of Physical Literacy

But it’s not hard to incorporate movement into meeting sessions. Here are four easy ways with substantial benefits.

Why aren’t you doing it?

…Or are you? Share how you incorporate movement into your meetings in the comments!

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One thought on “Children shouldn’t sit still in class — and neither should adults

  1. Hey Adrian,
    When I first started using idea rating sheets 13 year ago, I was surprised that one of the things that participants liked about the activity was that it got them up and moving. So simple!
    I promote movement as a bonus feature for Feedback Frames ( now too.

    Here is another ice breaker I created called “My Skills Club” that also gets people and moving and sharing positive recognition of their abilities. Good for team building. See

    Thanks for sharing your best practice and being a leader in the field. Cheers!

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