Sitting at a desk for long periods of time while focused on mentally demanding tasks is difficult. Eventually, you might get the wiggles, you may zone out or your attention may wander to distractions in your environment. For students like my sixth graders, sitting at a desk for an eighty minute class period can be arduous too.
Various playful and gaming aspects can be used in learning; some of them require our imagination and nothing else, others are more demanding and work best with special attributes, classroom themes, and so on. Teachers have to use all their creativity to reenact all those learning ideas and set up the right atmosphere.
There is no doubt that academic learning is important, but what happens when it's paired with physical activity in the classroom? It turns out that there are many benefits linked to combining the two subjects, resulting in a more focused class of students.