5 Tips for keeping kids active throughout the day | Teacher's Notebook Blog. It doesn’t take many weeks into the school year before you start noticing a change in your students. Gone is the excitement generated at the beginning of the school year when learning is fresh. Now, students are struggling to stay on task.
To boost engagement, give your learners ways to stay active throughout the day. According to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, being more physically active offers many benefits to classroom children. Not only does it increase physical activity levels, but it also has the potential to improve on-task behavior and academic performance. Adding more active times to your classroom will help your students succeed in all areas of life. Take brain breaks Every 30 minutes or so, aim for movement in your classroom.
Ditch the chair The traditional classroom chair may be doing more harm than good for your students. Incorporate music and storytelling Storytelling is another way to get kids moving. Active review games Send them outside. TRANSITION TIPS & BRAIN BREAK IDEAS TO INCREASE ENGAGEMENT. We all know that lengthy periods with immobile kiddos spells trouble in the classroom - decreased engagement, behavior problems, heads on desks, and countless other undesirable outcomes. Well, with the wet weather coming and the standards kicking into high gear, here are a few movement/transition ideas that just may be the ticket for you and your crew. STANDARDS-BASED PE GAMESWe all have standards to cover . . . why not mix it up with a little movement while you are at it? This one is pretty easy to implement if you think outside of the box just a bit.
Here's my backstory on this one. I am all about using music in the classroom to help further understanding and break up lessons. I’ll spill the beans a little here. This may sound stupid, but I pull these out in a pinch on more than occasion each year. KOO KOO, MR. Okay, so we all have those moments when we need to liven things up or eliminate wiggles without ANY sort of prep. Well, there you have it. Why Crossing the Midline Activities Helped this Child Listen to his Teacher - Integrated Learning Strategies.
As I think back to the time when I was in kindergarten, I realize how much has changed. What was once naptime, coloring, painting, and running around the playground at recess, is now a place for reading, writing, sitting still in your chair and an introduction to math facts. Even preschool is now more focused on academics and many of them tailor their lesson plans to higher learning subjects that normally wouldn’t begin until kindergarten or first grade. While this push for greater academic achievement is good in theory, we are now seeing digression, even negative consequences in our students’ learning capability because their development is being pushed too far too fast. One of my students in particular came to me with auditory processing issues because his parents couldn’t figure out why he wasn’t retaining the information he was learning in the classroom.
Ethan’s parents are not alone. Sensory Processing 101: Why All Parents and Teachers Should Read Sensory Processing 101 Leg Kicks. How Movement Impacts Learning and Why Students Need it More Than Ever. Scott McQuigg Asking young students to sit still, listen, focus, complete assignments, not talk, and enjoy learning… all at the same time? We all tried, and it didn’t work. Thankfully, our education vocabulary is shifting with words like blended, personalized, kinesthetic, differentiated, inclusion, culture, learning stations, project-based, game-based, soft skills, grit, student-centered, makerspaces… and the list could go on.
Among dozens & dozens of teaching philosophies, there’s a common thread. Students succeed when we think strategically about how they learn, and the world they live in. One crucial aspect of this is movement. One new study out of the University of Illinois shows a link between cortical thickness (sections of gray matter within the brain associated with maturation), fitness, and math scores. An earlier study from 2012 used fMRI technology to monitor oxygen and blood flow in the brain while kids think, pay attention, and thwart distractions. For more check out: Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn. When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes the way they think about math.
“We understand language in a richer, fuller way if we can connect it to the actions we perform,” said Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago. Consider this word problem: Two hippos and two alligators are at the zoo. Pete the zookeeper feeds them at the same time. Pete gives each hippo seven fish. He gives four to the alligators. In an experiment on third graders, students were divided into two groups. The answer: “Kids who acted out the story did better on this problem,” Beilock said. “What was important was matching the words with specific action; that led to enhanced learning,” Beilock said.
Waking the Brain with Morning Stretches. You might remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about my take away from the Kagan training that I attended and how I was planning to Refocus Our Classroom. One of the big ideas that I touched on was waking up the brain through big muscle movement. So this month for the Bright Ideas link up I am sharing how it is going. The short version is that it is amazing! The long version isn't all that long, so I will share it with you. Each morning, after our class meeting, we do a series of stretches. To perform this stretch you simply start by reaching your right hand across the midline of your body as far left as you can while simultaneously stepping your right foot back. Then you repeat with the left side and say, "Cookies! " The first time we did this I chose milk and cookies, but now each time we name two items to say. I have found that by doing this each morning it helps all of us to wake up and be in a better mood to start our learning!
3 Genius Tricks for Using GoNoodle as Bait. What is more motivating than a classroom dance party, yoga break with Maximo or ninja training session with Koo Koo Kanga Roo? Christy and Tammy from Fluttering Through First Grade know just how to use GoNoodle to keep their students on track, motivated and engaged. Check out their genius ideas for integrating GoNoodle into their classrooms, and be sure to hop over to their blog at the end for a special GoNoodle giveaway! Raise your hand if your class loves GoNoodle? Our students beg for it… It’s no secret most classes who try it, quickly become obsessed with GoNoodle Brain Breaks…And as long as we aren’t telling secrets, their teachers kind of love it too! As teachers we recognize the need for our students to move. We gathered some GoNoodle swag together and used our noggins to keep them noodling. Here’s what’s working for us… We used the GoNoodle Champ Stickers to create a little motivation in our class pocket chart. Sometimes we use the good old popsicle sticks in a cup.
Tips to Get Kids Moving in Math - Bonnie Kathryn. Numeracy is one of those important foundational skills taught in the kindergarten classroom. I have teamed up with Kindergarten Smorgasboard, Teacher Laura, and A is for Apples to talk about strategies for numeracy in the Kindergarten classroom. Move it! Move it! As a lower elementary teacher, you know that in order to help kids learn tough concepts, YOU GOTTA GET THEM MOVIN! Here are some sure fire tips to get your kids moving during kindergarten math class. 1. Get kids moving with a few stretches and exercises. *Count to ten for each stretch or exercise. 1-10 stretch a leg, 11-20, stretch your arm, and so on. 2.
Playing games can help get the extra wiggles out and can help reinforce concepts taught in math. The students hold a number and they count in a whisper tone until they get the number they are “skipping” to and then they shout and jump up. 3. Harry Kindergarten resources have become a staple in my classroom. Want to learn about more math strategies you can count on? Wait! Brain Breaks Old School & Kindergarten Style! - Simply Kinder. Double Doodle Art. Sensory Break Ideas for Kids.
10 Crossing Midline Exercises For Kids - Golden Reflections Blog. PE Central: The Web Site for Health and Physical Education Teachers. PE Central: The Web Site for Health and Physical Education Teachers. Teach A Healthy Body, Get A Healthy Mind. Over the last year, El Paso eighth grader Valerie Gomez has grown five inches and dropped 25 pounds - quite a change from when CBS News correspondent Cynthia Bowers first met her 18 months ago. "I really feel that there's a girl behind a big huge girl that I would like to show everybody else," Valerie said a year ago.
"Last time we talked, you said there was a different girl waiting to come out," Bowers said. "Is she coming out? " "Yes, she is, she is," Valerie answered. "I think she is. She's not really here, not like all of her, but she's coming out. " Valerie is part of "the fitnessgram," a Texas experiment that mandates daily physical education and annual fitness tests for the state's 2.4 million kids ages 8 to 18.
"Now that they have those standards, it's like a wake-up call for them," said George Nunez, a P.E. teacher. After just one year officials say Texas school kids are performing better on standardized tests. Valerie said that it has changed her life. Copyright 2009 CBS. Music and Dance Drive Academic Achievement. Narrator: These first-graders are learning all about opera… Class: [applauds] Teacher: Let's give them a round of applause. Take a bow, guys. Narrator: ...and with the help of professional singers and musicians, they're also becoming writers. Teacher: How does Papageno feel in the beginning of the story? Student: Thrilled. Teacher: Very good. Student: Exuberant. Teacher: Exuberance, very good. Narrator: At Corbett Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona, the arts enhance instruction in math, reading, writing, science and social studies. Teacher: What words do you use when you're at the end of a story? Student: Finally. Teacher: Finally, very good.
Narrator: The Arts Infusion Program, now operating in more than 44 schools, it called OMA: Opening Minds through the Arts. Narrator: OMA is based on brain research showing that the wiring of the left to the right side of the brain takes place between the ages of four and twelve, a time when children learn from different forms of stimulation. Teacher: Yeah. Classroom Exercise Makes Learning Lively. These techniques are wonderful for raising the students' energy level, for relaxing them. They can be done with the entire class at the beginning of class which is the best time to do it or if kids are losing focus or they're tired, you can, if you give the kids permission, they can go off to the side of the room, take a few minutes to do any one or a series of these techniques to get refocused and re-energized and then go back to their work. You take what's called the athletic ready stance, where your feet are comfortably apart, little wider than shoulders width, the knees are slightly bent and the back is straight.
And this technique, you simply rotated the hips with the arms flopping out from the body, your head turns with your shoulders. You don't force it though. But the hips lead. It isn’t the arms leading first and then the body following. The hips lead first and then the arms follow after that.