We started our first staff meeting of the year with dancing, skipping, and playing hot potato with balloons. Why? Because our principal paired with our local university who explained the benefits of students taking physical activity breaks. Even though you are taking time away from teaching, you are actually increasing the students’ focus, boosting moral in the classroom, and fighting the childhood obesity epidemic.
This may remind you of the popular term “Brain Breaks,” however in my opinion the main difference is the length of time.
Recently we’ve started doing the conga line to music as we make our back to class. The best part is seeing everyone grades 1-5 let loose in organized chaos, then go back to class ready to learn in 5 minutes flat! It’s amazing how quick they get back to work.
Room Crashing is something my hallways has started doing once in a while planned and unplanned. If we here music coming from another classroom and we’re ready to start PEAK we may sneak over and crash that classroom’s PEAK if they’re doing line dances. Usually the teachers talk during lunch and let the kids think it was spontaneous.