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

Incorporating physical activity and movement in the classroom allows students to articulate and internalize new ideas through exploration.

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By Aleta Margolis

As an educator for the past 25 years, I’m delighted that our national conversations about teaching and learning are beginning to recognize that excellent instruction engages students intellectually, emotionally, and physically. We’ve come a long way in our understanding of the development of young minds. Yet despite research proving the lasting benefits of serious play, too many of our classrooms remain still, silent places, lacking any element of physical movement.

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We all need movement! I have used the book Three-Minute Motivators: More Than 100 Simple Ways to Reach, Teach, and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined
by Kathy Paterson. It is full of creative ideas that students love to repeat!
I also do periodic stretches during transitions. This year I will also include some GoNoodle time. I found out when I move with my students, I teach better and have more energy to carry on .

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I agree, Farihah. I think there are so many elements of school structure that inhibit learning - being expected to sit still, not being allowed to drink water or use the restroom when needed, etc.

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Thank you for sharing article. It is great to see the shift to more active classrooms. Imagine if every teacher and administrator had to shadow students for a day or 2 and had to see how much time students spend "sitting and getting."