Or like this
Or like this
I am very conscious that my students are on their computers a lot. I am very conscious that eye strain, bad posture, and entering a vortex of wikipedia links is a constant concern in a 1:1 environment. Which is why I’ve introduced mini-breaks, which I try to get my kids away from the computer and moving. And after 5-10 minutes of silliness, they get back to work.
All right. Get up!
At some point in my 90 minute class, I will say the words “All Right. Get Up!”. My kids, with varying levels of groans, will close their computers and stand up. And then we get moving.
“Ms. Madrid Says”.
A variation of Simon Says is, for some reason, a student favorite. This is what it looks like in my classroom.
What does homework look like?
I ask my students to act out what homework looks like. Or ask them to do a slow-motion kangaroo. Or I ask them to spell out the alphabet with their whole body. I love the look of concentration on my students face when they are thinking how to express themselves. Sometimes I ask them I just ask them to yawn.
A bit of Pilates. Or Yoga. Or Dance.
One kid came back from Nepal and taught us some yoga moves he learned. Or I try to get my kids to isolate muscles to create movement like I do in Pilates. And some kids take dance lessons and have taught us a couple of moves, like a plié. What always blows my mind is that all my kids try it.
Last year, on the last class day of the week, my grade 6s would have a shimmy break. I loved that every kids had a shimmy style.
Thursday Shimmy Challenge with Grade 6. Who will last the longest? Grade 6 makes me laugh. http://t.co/pI6cQ7mokn
— Rebekah Madrid (@ndbekah) June 13, 2013
I’m not sure how I came upon the idea of putting up videos of the Wii Game Just Dance.
But this is an absolute favorite of my students. We put on the videos and we dance. It never fails to make make me smile. And every once in a while, we get the whole school dancing. It’s pretty cool to watch kids just let their guard down and just dance.
Back to work.
At the end of the game or exercise, I tell them get back to work. And they do.
And after these silly little mini-breaks I swear they are more awake, more engaged, and more smiley. Hard to complain about that.