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Get Moving! Ideas to Get Kids Out of Their Seat and Onto Their Feet

As students get older, we tend to deliver instruction primarily while students are sitting and listening to instruction. These are simple, ready-to-use activities that will get students moving and keep them engaged in your lesson.
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Get Moving! Ideas to Get Kids Out of Their Seat and Onto Their Feet
  • Alexis Roesser says:
    While the delivery of this instruction obviously requires a lot of modeling, repetition and practice, this is a teacher showing a very clever way to introduce a concept using hand movements and collaborative learning. You can picture these students doing the hand movements while taking a test to help them remember the information they've practiced.
  • Alexis Roesser says:
    Another fun vocabulary review game that even your older students will love. You will be surprised what a couple of fly swatters can do to make your students' competitive side come out!
  • I Have, Who Has?

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    superteacherworksheets.com
    superteacherworksheets.com
    Alexis Roesser says:
    Don't let the elementary nature of this activity fool you; it can be tailored to fit any subject at any level. Great for introducing or reinforcing vocabulary terms while getting students interacting with each other and out of their seats. Much more effective than copying from a PowerPoint!
  • scholastic.com
    scholastic.com

    Give One - Get One: Engaging Difficult to Reach Students

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    Alexis Roesser says:
    Focused, targeted directions give students a goal and purpose for their movement around the class. Students will share their ideas, and record others' ideas about a specific topic.
  • wholebrainteaching.com
    wholebrainteaching.com

    Five Classroom Rules

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    Alexis Roesser says:
    This post is a perfect companion to the Whole Brain Teaching technique used in the previous You Tube clip. Use these rules as a baseline to begin a classroom technique where all students are moving in relation to the lesson.
  • Gallery Walk

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    facinghistory.org
    facinghistory.org
    Alexis Roesser says:
    This activity lets students walk around and view photos or text excerpts posted around the room. For photos, you can have students fill in a sheet while they are viewing that has 2 columns: "I notice and I wonder." Students can work on observational skills, as well as inferencing with this technique.
  • Alexis Roesser says:
    How can you infuse kinesthetic learning strategies in your classroom and school? This website is dedicated to this type of learner and how to incorporate their learning style into your lessons.
  • njea.org
    njea.org

    Get your students moving!

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    Alexis Roesser says:
    Not convinced that your students can handle getting up and moving around? Let this article show you some of the benefits of tactile and kinesthetic activities in your classroom. This type of instruction addresses a type of learner that is often ignored in traditional lesson deliveries, and allows them to flourish. It is also beneficial for all students in making deep, permanent connections to what they are learning through physical movement.