Incorporate Movement into your Classroom
Incorporate Movement into Your Classroom. Currently, it is believed that getting kids moving in the classroom is essential to maintaining engagement. This is also a way of reaching kids who learn kinesthetically or through actually doing an activity instead of reading about it. This does not mean that kids have to make things, or build things or exercise during class, although it could. Movement in the classroom could be as simple as changing seats, or getting up and stretching. Here are a few ideas to get kids up and moving around to keep them on their toes.
The stand up game: What the stand up game entails is literally standing up at your seat. This was done in a high school classroom, but can be done at any age which is one of the reasons why I like it so much. Basically, everyone stands up and in order to sit down, you have to participate in the class discussion. Here is a quick video about the stand up game from The Teaching Channel.
Sometimes all you need is a little break to get the bones moving and the muscles loose. It does not need to be a structured activity that has to do with the lesson. I can just be something that allows the mind to take a breather. This teacher has compiled a list of videos she calls Brain Breaks. They are not all choreographed, but they are very cute. I would suggest using them in elementary school only. http://teachtrainlove.com/20-brain-break-clips-fight-the-fidgeting/
Here is a fabulous document that has several ideas about how to get secondary students up and moving around during a lesson. I think most of the ideas could be used in middle school as well as upper elementary. There are great grouping ideas, review games, and movement breaks. I wish I had this when I was teaching. https://www.healthiergeneration.org/_asset/590hh0/10-1819_SecondaryClassroomPA.pdf
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