Postural Health and Education: Sitting Posture
The aim of this activity is to make students aware of the importance of body posture in relation to our overall wellness. By the end of the activity, they will become conscious of their body posture in different situations by working on how to sit properly from a physiological point of view. They will also analyse the results of a scientific study in which they are introduced to the close relationships between different postures and emotions.
Duration: From 6 to 8 sessions (depending on the amount of time you give students to complete the final tasks).
Age and number of students: 15–16-year-old students (we carried out the activity with 2 classes of 16 students each).
Organisation of the activities:
Students work with the PE (Physical Education) teacher on body-related vocabulary and posture dynamics. Both from a theoretical and a practical point of view.
Students work with the English teacher to analyse a TEDTalk in which they are presented with a scientific study where they learn about the close connections between postures and emotions. The idea is to understand that the posture we take has a direct effect on how we feel from an emotional perspective.
Finally, students produce 2 main tasks and they choose between working individually or in pairs.
Creation of an instructional video [3-5 minutes] in which students explain what they have learned and put it into practice by giving a practical class on how to sit properly.
Dissemination of the information via powerpoint, an infographic, kahoot, poster, another video, or any media they see fit for this purpose. The idea is to share their analysis and conclusions from the TEDTalk with other classes of the school. For example, targeting a group of 12-year-olds.
Results achieved: Students reached their own conclusions and really understood about the relevance of good posture in their daily lives and the deep connections between mind and body. All of them were able to produce both final tasks.
Challenges and how they were addressed: Some of the ideas and concepts presented were difficult at first. However, the joint sessions with both teachers in the class allowed for more complete explanations.
Strengths and areas of improvement:
Teachers: close collaboration and joint teaching.
Students: Development of critical thinking, creativity and autonomy.