Students can sit on exercise balls or wiggle cushions. They can 'fidget' with hand held foamie objects like foam curlers or gel egg shaped hand squishers.
We have to do 30 mins/day of daily physical activity. (10 mins/3times) and so we do things like Tae Bo or stretching or Yoga or standing exercises.
So many students start replacing 'bathroom' breaks with sit-ups and push-ups just to help their thinking or release some physical energy that builds as they struggle with a math word problem. As long as they can do it without disturbing others and if it is something we just do 3 times a day, it becomes part of our learning. It is not just the boys that enjoy the release of physical energy so that they can concentrate better. It is really great when students start to notice how much it helps their learning.
I am always looking for ideas. Let's brainstorm!!
I would love really love to be able to have an x-box corner or wii corner and we could have stations throughout the day. We have started using the Nike training app for ipods for free. All things that we don't need gym time for.
Great ideas Kerry! What other apps are you enlisting for classroom use? Or for your own classroom organization?