Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Susan O'Connor

Second Advisor

Vicki Olson


This study explores the effects of incorporating kinesthetic movement with direct classroom instruction on a daily basis. I used student interviews to guide this study as well as monitoring students' behaviors, attitudes towards academics, and academic achievement. Quantitative data suggests that the addition of movement to instruction benefits students both behaviorally and academically. Elongating this research study would be beneficial to better study the effects of movement in the classroom setting. Through qualitative methods using interviews and observation approaches, this study investigates the impact of adding kinesthetic movement during the course of a school day with direct instruction. Students are asked a series of questions regarding the addition of movement into the school day and how it impacts their focus and efficiency of work habits and engagement. From my perspective, students struggle in a classroom with little movement. With the addition of kinesthetic movement, it helped me get students involved in their learning and enjoy it! I believe that if students can't learn the way you teach, teach the way students can leam.


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