Classroom Activities

Physical Activity in Secondary Classrooms

The brain/body connection is not exclusive to elementary age students. In fact, it does not discriminate. This magnificent relationship is ongoing, extremely subtle, and critical to the teaching and learning process at all grade levels and content areas. Using thoughtful and purposeful physical activity is no less appropriate in a high school trigonometry classroom than [...]

By |2019-10-01T15:00:59+00:00October 1st, 2019|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating, Classroom Activities|0 Comments

Educational Activities for Summertime

Studies show, that kids typically regress one reading level or more over summer break! As a teacher and a mom, I’m constantly looking for ways to keep my kids engaged in reading and math over the summer while not sitting in front of electronics to prevent the summer slide. Besides the obvious benefits of fresh [...]

By |2019-07-29T16:24:13+00:00July 24th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Activities|0 Comments

Classroom Transition Activities

Smooth and timely transitions are key to a successful classroom! Oftentimes, valuable instruction time can be wasted if students can’t easily transition from one activity to the next. The biggest thing I try to get out of my transition time is that my students are calmed down quickly and ready to focus. Here are five [...]

By |2019-07-03T15:18:58+00:00May 22nd, 2019|Categories: Classroom Activities|0 Comments

Using Classroom Physical Activity to Help Students with Mental Health and Anxiety

You hear tear-jerking stories of your students’ home lives all the time. One is being raised by grandparents who are barely healthy enough to walk because they have no health insurance. Another slept on the floor with her four younger siblings last night. Two had no dinner last night, so their last full, healthy meal [...]

By |2019-10-10T17:36:05+00:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Activities, Teaching|0 Comments

Classroom Movement: How to Increase Activity Throughout the School Day

It is recommended that school-aged children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. For instance, at the intensity of a brisk walk or more. In order to achieve health-benefits, they should do this each day. The Challenge Schools have been tasked with contributing at least 30 minutes of that recommendation [...]

By |2019-05-21T18:38:57+00:00April 3rd, 2019|Categories: Active Classroom Management, Classroom Activities|0 Comments

Winter Wakeup Call: How to Motivate Students When It’s Cold Outside

January and February have brought their fair share of snow days and illnesses to my classroom in Kentucky! My, otherwise, normally peppy students are starting to feel the effects of missed days, too many inside recesses, sickness, and early sunsets. The yawns start early in the day and continue throughout the afternoon. Here are some ways I’m trying to get over our winter weather behavior slump!

By |2019-04-23T18:04:50+00:00February 18th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Activities|0 Comments

How Classroom Activity Improves Behavior and Test Scores

The first question I am asked when I present information on active seating and active classrooms is: Does it work? After teaching in a kinesthetic classroom and working at a school with four active classrooms, the answer is yes. In our school, it has shown to improve student behavior, grades, and test scores while keeping kids moving and happy.

By |2019-04-23T18:07:22+00:00February 5th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Activities, Teaching|0 Comments

Increase Test Scores with Classroom Movement Cues

Earlier this school year, my fifth-grade students spent the day learning about colonial America while also moving their bodies and engaging their minds. We used exercises to connect key vocabulary terms with specific movements. What an effective method to get them to remember the content! This was a great way to get students up and moving for thirty minutes!

By |2019-04-25T12:37:40+00:00January 8th, 2019|Categories: Classroom Activities|0 Comments