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Social Distancing in a Kinesthetic Classroom

Recently our team was recruited to design a secondary classroom for a partner in the Midwest. Not just any classroom though—this one would have to take social distancing into account while considering a headcount of nearly 20 students. The space was a typical 25’ x 25’ classroom that needs to promote learning. When speaking with [...]

By |2020-06-16T18:18:56+00:00June 16th, 2020|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating, Teaching|0 Comments

The 4-1-1 on Antimicrobial Furniture

The furniture industry is going to throw a lot of antimicrobial products at educators, office suppliers, architects- you name the industry and it will probably happen. Antimicrobial products are fantastic. BUT, do you even know what that means? Here is the quick breakdown of what this all means. As a quick primer before we go [...]

By |2020-07-24T19:30:12+00:00June 10th, 2020|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating, Teaching|0 Comments

The Role of Kinesthetic Furniture When Returning to Schools

Students have been sitting on their couches and running the roost of their homes since March. In the likely event that students will head back to classrooms in the fall, it will be important to provide an environment that helps them transition back to the classroom, keeps them engaged, and works in the favor of [...]

By |2020-06-15T13:01:47+00:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Active and Flexible Seating, Teaching|0 Comments

BrainPrimers – Activity Decks that Target Executive Function

This winter, in collaboration with Dr. Lynne Kenney, leading pediatric psychologist, author, and educator, and Mike Kuczala, educational leader and author of The Kinesthetic Classroom, Moving Minds developed BrainPrimers—a product that we hope will expand the conversation about movement and learning. With the Moving Minds product development team, Mike and Lynne brought their BrainPrimers activity decks to fruition, resulting in an easy-to-implement classroom curriculum that utilizes movement to stimulate our students’ brains.   Targeting executive [...]

By |2020-06-04T16:14:20+00:00June 4th, 2020|Categories: At-Home Activities & Resources, Teaching|0 Comments

Mental Health Check-In: How Are You Doing?

I am not sure about everyone else, but I am tired. My family is tired. Pandemics are exhausting. If you are not working from a soft spot on your couch or an in-home office, then you might be surfing the web reading about the pandemic. It is relentless. Like this disease, the exhaustion and mental [...]

By |2020-05-12T18:19:07+00:00May 14th, 2020|Categories: At-Home Activities & Resources, Teaching|0 Comments

Practicing Mindfulness with Students

As the pandemic continues, it is important that our students take time away from schoolwork for relaxation. Routines have changed and we’ve had to adapt in many ways to stay healthy. I have found mindfulness to be especially helpful for my students during this time. In the classroom we use apps such as Calm and [...]

By |2020-05-13T12:31:12+00:00May 13th, 2020|Categories: At-Home Activities & Resources, Teaching|0 Comments

Staying Connected During Remote Learning

School looks different since the pandemic. It has been challenging to leave the classroom and move all learning to an online format. We miss each other. However, we know it is important to keep up with learning. That’s why we’re motivated and excited about learning with some of our favorite websites. One way we stay [...]

By |2020-05-07T21:50:15+00:00May 7th, 2020|Categories: At-Home Activities & Resources, Teaching|0 Comments

Daily Brain Breaks You Can Do At Home – Week 5

We’ve created a resource of daily brain breaks that you can do at home! Feel free to switch around the days to best suit your schedule, or put your own twist on the brain breaks. You can find more daily brain breaks here: Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4 Monday Spine Stretch Sit upright, legs extendedBend [...]

By |2020-04-22T17:21:50+00:00April 24th, 2020|Categories: At-Home Activities & Resources, Teaching|0 Comments

5 Predictions to Prepare for the Uncertainty of Our New Reality

My five-year-old is supposed to start kindergarten next year. As we prepare for school next fall, we have so many questions about our new reality, and we are working to educate our little scholar about what she might expect. COVID-19 has added some new challenges. Kindergarten prep events are canceled. Classroom visits are canceled. We [...]

By |2020-04-22T16:38:50+00:00April 22nd, 2020|Categories: At-Home Activities & Resources, Teaching|0 Comments

3 Teachers Talk Challenges and Triumphs of Distance Learning

What a different world we are living in! Who would have guessed the 2019-2020 school year would basically be “over” in March? Learning new teaching strategies on the fly. Trying to figure out how to communicate with students and their parents. Tracking emails and phone calls and homework submitted (and not submitted). No closure, no [...]

By |2020-04-17T15:10:15+00:00April 17th, 2020|Categories: At-Home Activities & Resources, Teaching|1 Comment