#BeYou - Movement
By Gina Spoo, CLR Instructional Coach
The first month of school tends to be laden with rule setting, classroom expectations, syllabus review, and procedures. All of that equates to a lot of sitting! While many of your students learn best through social interactions and movement activities, how can you continue to build a community of collaboration and trust by allowing and valuing the cultural element of movement?Take into consideration:
- … gets our students out of their seats, and encourages new levels of self-discovery and self-expression. (Griss, 2013)
… lets our students experience the curriculum through their bodies which helps them make deeper emotional, interpersonal, and kinesthetic connections to academic subjects. (Griss 2013)
… increases circulation which helps narrow attention to targeted tasks. (Jensen 2003)
… gives students a new spatial reference. (Jensen 2003)
… releases good chemicals in the brain that increase energy and improve information storage and retrieval. (Jensen 2003)
- … reduces management issues simply because of increased cognitive engagement. (Hollie 2018)
Therefore, if leveraging the cultural asset of movement, kinesthetic learning and sociocentric learning are important, then let’s provide the structures! Allow your students to be who they are culturally and linguistically by providing movement via some of the following strategies:
#BeYou- Movement Style
Simple: Give One Get One + Somebody Who
Basic: Move-Stop-Group + Roll ‘Em
Ways we support each other in our classroom
Attributes of a life-long learner
Classroom rules/procedures review
Suggestions for music/songs to bring into the classroom to add to learning activities
*Once in groups, encourage groups to work together to create a slogan or chant to celebrate their choice! Increase individual accountability by using Roll ‘Em to share group slogans/chants. Prep the rep!
Favorite food types (give 4 choices)
Best part of our school (give 4 choices)
Preferred way to learn (give 4 choices)
Complex: Guess Who + Whip Around
Sample Card Topics:
*Once in partnerships, form a large circle and whip around to hear each pairing. To expand on the learning and connection to the classroom community, have one set of partners join another set, and as a four-some create a visual representation. For example, how can they represent all of the class rules or learner attributes visually? You can learn a lot about your students learning styles and preferences through observing the interactions during this synthesis activity.
Finally… After students have had the opportunity to use these strategies and understand the purpose, then connect them to content! As you are planning your instruction, think about which students would benefit the most from these activities. Pick Give One Get One, Move-Stop-Group, or Guess Who to allow for self-expression, increase deeper connections to the content and improve information storage!
Let’s hear from you! Get Movin’!
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Articles/texts referenced in this Skillset:
Movement with the Brain in Mind by Eric Jensen (2003)
The Power of Movement in Teaching and Learning by Susan Griss (2013)
Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning, 2nd Edition by Dr. Sharroky Hollie (2017)