One trend in education that is taking the world (or schools) by storm is flexible seating and kinesthetic classrooms. This is a new trend that teachers of the past had not tried before, and it is one that will stick. I have taught in a kinesthetic classroom for the past 3 years and honestly, I never plan to go back.
Increase activity in school with a Movement Maze; a guided course outside of our classrooms that leads our students through a variety of purposeful movement. Students take a short break, utilize muscle groups, and re-enter the classroom ready to learn!
Friday classroom fitness challenges are a great and quick way to get my students moving! On Fridays, I introduce a new exercise and we practice it a few times throughout the day. Towards the end of the day we see who can do that exercise the most amount of times or hold it for the greatest length of time.
Students cooperating with each other has become an even a bigger push in education over the last couple of years. It is also a great way to increase physical activity in the classroom. What teachers need to realize is that most students do not know how to work together. As recess has diminished over time, [...]
Starting off the school year with cooperative activities is an excellent way to have students learn about each other and teach them how to work well together and for each other. This blog includes a few classroom activity ideas to get your student's wiggles out and ideas to build teacher student relationships.
Classroom movement time in the morning is a great way to start the day! After warming up, my students are ready to tackle any activity for the day!
Thematic teaching is a great active learning strategy and a fun way to bring health and fitness into your classroom! Not only do I get to teach what I’m passionate about during our healthy bodies unit, but I also get to involve my families and other community members too. One great way to incorporate health [...]
Picture this: You stop the class to allow a movement break, and you choose an oldie but a goodie – do the number of jumping jacks equal to the correct math problem shown. The students comply, but you can tell they might be getting a bit bored. It’s time to switch up your classroom activities! [...]
As a Kindergarten teacher, I’m always looking for quick and easy ways to get my students moving without taking up a lot of instructional time. I use a variety of flexible seating options to help meet this goal. Starting into my third year of teaching I realized something, I HATED traditional seats and the amount [...]
As a physical education teacher, I use fitness trampolines in my program to teach about health-related fitness and intensity level training. My school’s sensory room has a fitness trampoline to help meet the needs of special education students. I find fitness trampolines to be a fun, safe, and effective tool for schools to increase classroom [...]