Every year during School Counseling Week our AEA's put on a great PD day for counselors, it's called FEAST at the Forum! We are actually treated like royalty thanks to the National Guard and all of those who put so much work into making this a great day for us! One of the best perks for the day is getting to hear all the presenters (mostly counselors) share great things that they are doing. I currently use so many of the ideas I have learned at FEAST and have made some great connections with other counselors too!
This year I twisted the arm of another counselor (it didn't take much) to present a session with me. We decided to do our session on MOVEMENT IN THE CLASSROOM and the BENEFITS! So I now present to you:
Get Yo' Body Movin'
presented by Laurel Klaassen (me) and Chelsey Town (my counselor friend)
Go Noodle is a great resource for brain breaks, yoga and just plain fun for kids. AND IT'S FREE!!!
*You might need to help teachers get this set up in their classrooms on their computers so they are more apt to use it when you aren't there.
Benefits of Movement:
(source: Dr. Martha Eddy, www.WellnessCKE.net)
1. Our bodies are designed to move.
2. Some people think best when they are moving.
3. To engage diverse types of learners fully--kinesthetic learners or sleepy ones!
4. To deepen understanding.
5. To experience a subject from a new perspective, using kinesthetic intelligence.
6. To develop creativity.
7. To foster community.
8. To rest, recuperate and refocus.
9. To invigorate the body -- exercise for health.
10. To have FUN!
(Source: Find Something To Do by Jim Cain)
Have students stand in teams of 4 people in a line, hands on the shoulders of the person in front of you. Introduce the following 3 commands:
Change-- the person at the front of the bobsled team moves to the rear of the same bobsled.
Switch -- team member two trades with team member four.
Rotate -- everyone individually turns 180 degrees.
In round one, invite teams to listen and follow your commands. Then give teams two minutes to practice the change, switch and rotate commands on their own.
In round two, stack more commands together (change-change-switch-rotate).
In round three (the final round) add one more command (Loose Caboose -- where everyone scatters and must quickly become part of a new bobsled team of four).
I was fortunate to have our county extension youth specialist come to our school to do some programming with our students. He did a program called Ricochet and incorporated TOOBEEZ into the program. The kids L.O.V.E.D. them! It got all the kids up and moving and working together. Try the following activity which could be done using PVC pipe if you don't have TOOBEEZ.
The Helium Stick is such a fun activity and really pulls a group together to solve some problems. Click on the title to find out the directions.
Look at the awesome volunteers who were trying to get the helium stick to go down to the floor.
Be sure to order your Zenergy Chime (just google it and find the best price). These are so helpful to quiet kids quickly. It's like the "mute" button! Once you train each classroom, you can use this in the hall or anywhere and it will quiet the kids FAST!
Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube
Yoga on Go Noodle
We hope you can enjoy the information we presented. Of course, if you are reading this and were not present, you will have to gather up some of your friends and try these out!