NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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Course Descriptions

SchoolsAlive! Active Classrooms

HNES 2000

This two-day course provides an understanding of the importance and benefits of daily school-wide physical activity. Classroom teachers will learn how to research and implement a variety of interdisciplinary classroom physical activities and movement breaks that facilitate improved academic performance, classroom behavior, and student health. Classroom teachers will also build a working knowledge of the national Active Schools initiative and the classroom teacher’s role in Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs (CSPAPs).


  1. Students will be able to describe the importance and benefits of classroom physical activity and both national and local initiatives.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate effective classroom physical activity strategies and appropriate practices.
  3. Students will be able to implement the Reasoned Action Model to reflect on personal teaching experiences.

"I think this (course) should be required of ALL teachers!"

"This was a very great class. One of the best I have taken. Great presenters."

"SchoolsAlive should be mandated by the state for all districts! Excellent information on how academic scores improve with physical activity, and improves behavior too!"

"I'm taking many activities directly to the classroom!"