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Active, Flexible, Learning Environments

The mind needs the whole body to learn.

The many spontaneous movements of everyday life are important for health and performance.

There is a strong relationship between brain activity and kinesthetic stimulation.

Kids touching a real brain.
Central Park students touching a real animal brain to explore science hands-on.


Active Environments

50% sitting (dynamic sitting on flexible chairs)


30% standing (e.g. standing desk)


20% walking around (movement games, active learning methods)

Giving students increased opportunities to move while seated triggers increased levels of attention and concentration.


Tables as a teaching tool


Flexible, Movable Storage


Outdoor Learning Spaces

Students in Garden




Field Day


Central Park Staff Got The Groove!!!


More About Active Learning Environments...

Hokki Stools at Flatirons Elementary School






Stanford d.school Case Study, Active Learning Environments






Learning Beyond the Classroom Walls

by Edutopia







Learning Expeditions: Rethinking Field Trips

by Edutopia






More about Flexible Learning and Environments...


"Flexible Classrooms Providing Learning Environment Kids Need"

on Edutopia




"Flexible Classrooms: Providing the Learning Environment That Kids Need" (video)

by Edutopia





"Learning, Play, Creativity and Brain Compatible Education" (video

Talk by Dr. Kenneth Wesson & Dr. Shirley Heath








"LEARNING & MEMORY: How Do We Remember and Why Do We Often Forget?"

by Dr. Kenneth Wesson


More About Outdoor Learning Spaces

Changing the Nature of Education - School Gardens (inspiring speech)