Movement

Think stationary bikes in the classroom.

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 "Imagine reading a book or just simply exercising while having a class on Idea Street?"

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Super cool idea. We do five minute "Brain Breaks" that pretty much always involve movement to break up stretches of academics. The idea of stationary bikes is intriguing in that one could imagine kids reading and perhaps even writing while moving! What about those pedal units that can sit on the floor? Like this: http://amzn.com/B0027ZNH2O
Should we be putting these under desks during academics? Should every kid have one of those foam balls that they can squeeze during work or discussion time? (We give these to kids for whom fidgeting is an issue and it seems to help them focus, but perhaps it should be universal).
THe first hurdle that came to my mind when I saw the image of the bikes was space and storage. Check out this unit: http://amzn.com/B0090OKG38
Could we get a classroom set of these, store them all in a closet, and classes could reserve them for use? What about an academic/movement lab space outfitted with sensory and movement equipment as well as work surfaces, whiteboards, etc? The Fit Desk mentioned by David S. looks like it would work well there: http://amzn.com/B00CM9CBZY Very cool idea!

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Rich

I am really intrigued with a movement component built into classroom design. Like you, we have frequent breaks between academic stretches. One thing our kids loved last year was a race around the building. It was especially exciting in the biting cold, and the cold air certainly woke them up!
I like the idea of the folding exercise bike that you linked because it takes up a minimal amount of space. I do think whatever is used needs to be out and set up all the time. I am imagining a space in the back of the room for 3-5 bikes. Kids can used as they need or the teacher could assign. (There is something affirming about choice and using them responsibly.)

Other ways that kids can move- using less space: jump rope, pogo stock, small trampoline (http://amzn.to/1PfmlRT).

I like the idea of a movement lab (to go along with a makerspace lab).

Meg

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I just had a vision of kids jumping on pogo sticks in time to poetry being read out loud...
I imagine a section of the classroom outfitted with movement equipment could be incorporated into station-type activities. Though everyone would rush through other activites to get to that station, and once there, no one would want to leave!

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