Movement: Keep Calm and give Me a Break

Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be established.”

It is impossible to educate the mind without involving the body. Learning is thinking and movement integrated. If we as teachers aren’t careful, we can hurry our students from one subject to the next trying to get everything completed by the end of the day. Rushing our students robs them of the emotional and physical pause they need to regroup and refocus. During transition times, I try to give my students adequate time and purposeful movement to help them relax, refocus, and recharge to continue learning. We might break into a song like Father Abraham or I’m Alive, Alert, Awake, Enthusiastic! Which gets their arms and legs moving and crossing the midline of their bodies. Any action song that causes the students to move their arms and legs across the midline of their body helps give them the movement they need. There are also times for a calm transition with routines that have students stretching quietly and doing brain gym activities that are simple yet refreshing. Don’t shortchange your students of the time and movement they need to transition from one subject to the next.

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