Teachers Integrate Movement in Classroom

Integrating physicality into Innovative Lesson Plans

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“One teacher has her students measure their pulse and breath rates before and after a set of jumping jacks and then asks them to create graphs to display these results.

Another teacher makes a large outline of Washington D.C.  using masking tape on the floor of his classroom and then has his students, brought together from schools across the District, map out the city’s geography by walking to and from important sites — the Capitol, the White House, the Potomac River, and also their homes, their schools, their playgrounds.

A third teacher has his students estimate the perimeter of their playground and then physically measure the distance using their own feet and the standard foot on a ruler.”

Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning.

Last July I published a post titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today.” It hit a nerve and became one of the most-read pieces on this blog last year, with readers continuing to click on it, along with related posts, such as ” The right – and surprisingly wrong – ways to get kids to sit still in class” and ” A therapist goes to middle school and tries to sit still.

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