Movement is essential to learning. Take the movement challenge and move with your students each day, first thing in the morning. Try it for two weeks. Notice if you are seeing a difference in focus, concentration, or self-regulation.
- Enhanced self-esteem and self-awareness
- Improved memory, attention, and learning (better grades)
- Decreased anxiety and depression
- A better sense of well-being
- Heightened concentration
- Better impulse control
- Emotional regulation
- Improved behavior
- Improved balance, coordination, and posture
- Developed fine motor skills
- Improved visual-motor and visual perception
- Supports students experiencing trauma
- A greater sense of efficacy
- Less Stress
- More self-composure
- Fewer behavior challenges
- Increased job satisfaction
Morning Mindful Movement Series
I have included a morning movement series in a powerpoint deck and an audio file to help stimulate student proprioceptive and vestibular senses, increase the ability to focus and concentrate, attend to an encouraging intention and integrate right and left hemispheres of the brain to prepare for learning. Do not forget to breathe with each movement – one of the key features of these movements is moving WITH breath.
8 Ways to keep moving all day!
- Use the Brain Power Series before the start of a lesson.
- Use mindful walking as part of a turn and share; mindful walking, ring chime, turn and share.
- Keep butcher block paper on the wall for double doodles and lazy 8’s.
- Stand in a circle for a discussion.
- Use easel paper on the walls for students to write and share ideas.
- Have students lead stretching breaks.
- Learning vocabulary words? Have students create a movement that represents the meaning of the word.
- Learning a process or a sequence? Have students create a series of body movements to represent each step of the sequence.