September 26, 2016
What are some ways to add movement into a classroom without disrupting instruction?
So often we tell students to sit still and be quiet. What you may start seeing is one student starts tapping a foot. Another starts drumming a beat on his desk. Within moments, there is a full-on band playing in the classroom.
Kids (and adults) need to move!
There is much research supporting movement and kinesthetics in learning. Let your students increase the oxygen rich blood flowing to the brain! Let them take a brain break for a few minutes so your mind can process what it has been learning. Let them regroup!
Some ways to do this in the classroom are by incorporating flexible seating and allowing yourself to be comfortable with students standing while they are working. Try it out for yourself, you may find you enjoy standing and working as well.
I have incorporated bucket seats, wobble boards and standing desks into the Learning Lab to allow students flexible options while they work. They do not have to ask permission, they grab what they need and get started.
Notice student is utilizing a wobble board and a standing desk.
Student is using a wobble board, stress ball and fuzzy stick.
Student is using a standing desk as a slant board and a fuzzy stick.
Students are sitting on bucket seats.
There are many more ways to incorporate movement in the classroom. Several websites have been designed for that purpose. Others have timers to remind you that every 8-10 minutes, you should let your students stop by having a brain break, reviewing information with a peer or other form of acceptable movement in the class to help process information. If you don't account for this time in the room, students will find ways to make it themselves.
August 23, 2016
I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you more information about my goals. I want to help support you better in the classroom. I have seen the lists, I know the numbers. With the number of students we have that are identified as SPED, 504, ESL, already on the RTI list, At Risk, or Economically Disadvantaged, there are few that don’t have some type of label.
I would like to offer a time and place, a forum of sorts, to get some insight or feedback on things you can do to support your students in class. Often, these ideas benefit everyone. Sure, there are some students who don’t need some of these things, but it may help them learn material better by providing these supports as well.
I encourage you to come especially if you have questions or concerns about a student. I know many of our staff have wonderful ideas and things they have done in the past to support students and am looking forward to their input.
Keep in mind, Tuesdays are a great day to record student’s accommodations if you have not done so already.
(Teachers in the ACE Program, get with me, if you are interested and we can work out an alternate time to meet.)