Hear from an elementary school principal about how he has facilitated an increase in physical activity in his school. He acknowledges that while consequences for students are important, taking away recesses and opportunities for movement may actually have the opposite effect on student behavior. He encourages alternative consequences as opposed to missed recesses and I believe that is an important thing to consider.
This is a presentation created by a teacher. It outlines the reasons why children need more physical activity and provides great ideas as to how to promote activity in your own class. I like that the teacher points out that children become restless after sitting for awhile...increase student physical activity and help your students focus better at the same time!
Time is always an issue in classrooms...there is simply never enough! Read up on how to include exercise in your class without taking away any teaching time. The research presented here about the unexpected benefits of physical activity in classrooms is a great read too!
Find out how to include physical activity in your Health, Science or English lessons or simply learn a quick game that can be utilized in minutes. The ideas presented here are excellent for allowing students to move and get exercise while still learning the topics they need to learn.
This site is very thorough and includes tons of ideas for activities and games. Load up on ideas for your class and keep a list handy on your desk to use whenever possible. If you notice your class has low energy levels after lunch, for example, spend even five minutes doing a post-lunch active game to get them perked up and ready for the afternoon!
I'm loving these ideas for getting kids up and moving! They will enjoy these activities and may not even realize they are exercising. The author makes a great point about how health should be integrated across the curriculum, in every subject.
BloomBoard Asks:How do you get your students moving? How do you integrate physical activity with regular lessons? Share your ideas with your colleagues and help to promote physical activity in schools!