Jump for joy

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Movement is so important for health and well being.

Skipping might just be the most powerful mood enhancer there is – have you tried it lately?

In pressured, time-poor classrooms, where children are required to sit (nicely) and write endlessly, what impact is this having on their health and well being?

Perhaps better results would come from the occasional movement break and opportunity to talk through ideas with a peer?

Brain Gym seems, like ‘learning styles’, to be not only out of fashion but demonised, let’s not throw baby out with the bath water!

In denying the importance of movement to aide arousal, integral to the experience of learning, what do we loose?

Ask yourself this next time you are looking out at a sea of blank, sleepy faces or working 1 to 1 with a student who’s lying across the desk!

Simple ideas:

*pair and share to walk around the room and share/discuss ideas. (Timed is best, so that equal turns are given see @KaganOnline)

*chair push ups (Chdn push down through straight arms to lift bottom out of chair).

*pacing (good for times tables, this is an organising activity)

*hugging self

*giving each other back rubs (ask permission first!) Good for slouchy children.

*bunny hop to pencil sharpener

*round of applause

 

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands, stamp your feet…do a jumping jack!

I guarantee you’ll feel better too.

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