Classroom Activity

Initiative Description: The intervention is based on physical training in incremental steps, with repeated practice, aiming to improve focussed attention and executive function, and has a number of elements as follows: Visual attention and eye tracking skills; Classroom mild aerobic exercise; Concentrating attention on limb-movement patterns; Cross-lateral body coordination; Relaxation.

Study Results: Three pilot controlled trials showed significant improvements in academic performance, particularly for struggling students performing in the lowest 20 percent. Performance gains were maintained for at least 1 year after the end of the intervention.

Reference: McClelland E, Pitt A, Stein J. Enhanced academic performance using a novel classroom physical activity intervention to increase awareness, attention and self-control: Putting embodied cognition into practice. Improving Schools. 2015;18(1):83-100. doi:10.1177/1365480214562125.

Level of Evidence: 2 out of 5 stars  Good