More than ever kids are sitting during instruction due to remote learning. Keeping kids moving is critical during this time to help with learning recovery. Use these tips to keep your students engaged and moving.
During Remote Lessons
- Start and/or end class with a quick brain energizer
- Have students stand during instruction
- Encourage your students to move during the class while watching the computer
- Teach through movement
- Teach students about a variety of seats that encourage movement such as an exercise ball or other active seats/cushions
Brain Energizer Ideas:
- Rock, Paper, Scissors against the teacher (example: Beat teacher 10 squats, tie 10 jumping jacks, lose 10 push-ups.)
- Head or tails (Flip a coin, heads 10 lunges and tails running in place)
- HOPSports Brain Breaks Physical Activity Solutions
- GoNoodle® videos
- Simon Says
- Spell your name fitness (each letter has a different exercise)
- Just Dance videos on YouTube
Beyond the Classroom
- Monthly calendar with daily activities
- Create a park fitness scavenger hunt around your city
- Create fun challenges for students
- Create a YouTube channel and have videos to keep families moving even on rainy, cold, snowy days
- Include physical activity and movement tips in your weekly or monthly newsletter
- Educate parents about the function and purpose of physical activity, active seating, and movement throughout the day
- Share resources with parents about research and how physical activity positively benefits their child learning, emotional/mental health, as well as their physical health
- Teach parents about stand-ups desks and how they can easily create one at home for their child.
Ways to get your Staff on Board
- Lead brain energizers during meetings. I do this consistently and also teach staff a variety of brain energizers that they can easily implement into their classroom both remotely and in person.
- Educate your staff of the importance of their students being active as well as themselves.
- Send out a weekly email and include wellness tips and how to be active while sitting at home teaching.
- Be a role model yourself.
Be creative in the ways you get your students, staff, and families active. Not only will they see the physical benefits, but also the social and emotional benefits of moving their bodies during the day.
If you have any questions about the Park Fitness Scavenger Hunt, email me at: email@example.com
For 12 years she taught Special Education, Physical Education, and Health Education at Southern Middle school. At Southern, Angela is most proud of her efforts to ensure a quality physical education program while spearheading efforts to create a healthier school environment. As a result of these efforts, the school was awarded the Healthy Schools Program Bronze Level National award. In 2015, Stark moved to the School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCAPA) where she teaches health and physical education to students in 4th to 8th grade. While at SCAPA, she has built the wellness program through grants, fundraisers, strengthening the wellness policy, and weaving wellness throughout the entire school. In 2018, SCAPA was also awarded the Healthy Schools Program Bronze Level National award. In 2016, she earned the KAHPERD Secondary Physical Education Teacher of the Year and Distinguished Service Award and went on to win Southern District Middle School PE Teacher of the year 2017-2018.