Teachers' Physical Activity: A Necessity for Stability of Schools' Culture During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Teachers' Physical Activity: A Necessity for Stability of Schools' Culture During the COVID-19 Pandemic





School Culture, Online Education, Physical Activity, Mental Health, COVID-19 Pandemic


The recent COVID-19 outbreak has caused confusion and uncertainty to many educational organizations worldwide, forcing school leaders to weave through many school priorities. As schools take on online teaching, teachers were compelled to sit on their chairs, interacting with students using the screens for more than four hours every day. This has resulted in a decrease in physical activity, affecting their health and quality of teaching. Unfortunately, the dichotomy is as teachers care for their students' physical and mental health, teachers' physical well-being is not a priority in most schools' culture during this pandemic.


This paper aims to address this gap in teacher's lack of Physical Activity, which is necessary to help stabilize the school culture during this pandemic. It will highlight school leaders' critical role in promoting physical well-being as part of the school culture.  Moreover, it will discuss the benefits of teachers staying active, and it will also present possible ways to foster a culture geared toward teachers' involvement in physical activities.


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Author Biographies

Gerby Parra, University of Santo Tomas

Graduate School, Tagaytay Montessori School

Emily Tan, University of Santo Tomas

Graduate School, Tagaytay Montessori School


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How to Cite

Parra, G., & Tan, E. (2021). Teachers’ Physical Activity: A Necessity for Stability of Schools’ Culture During the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 9(4), 183–191. https://doi.org/10.31686/ijier.vol9.iss4.3039
Received 2021-03-07
Accepted 2021-03-22
Published 2021-04-01