Here are some of the activities that we use to get ourselves moving:
First, we start off our day with SmartMoves. It is an interactive CD. The SmartMoves program, created and distributed by Fablevision, is described as “cognitive calisthenics” that provide a series of body movements that become increasingly more difficult. The movements are modeled on screen and are set to calming music.
Students also engage in Responsive Classroom Energizers. The Energizers provide 2-3 minute breaks during which the students engage in fun movement activities accompanied by chants and songs. The purpose of these activities is to provide (depending on the selected activity) movement to help them focus, energize or release stress.
Additionally, we have a “menu” of in-class movement options that includes neck rolls, bear walking, chair push-ups and a visit to our own heavy work station. This station includes 2 sand-filled bottles for (slow, controlled) lifting and a resistance band for stretching. All activities were modeled and practiced together in class.
1-Viadero, Debra, (February 12, 2008). Exercise Seen as Priming the Pump for Students’ Academic Strides. Education Week. Retrieved from http://www.johnratey.com/