Coach's Corner

DC-G Middle School December 2015

Movement Throughout the Day

Is the picture below the perfect class because they are all sitting at their desks?
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You just got done with an 8 hour meeting. You sat for most of the day. How does your body feel? Are we asking our students to experience a similar situation everyday? How do you incorporate more purposeful movement into your classroom?

You may have already read the article above when it first came out, but it mentions the amount of movement students have throughout the school day.

Ways to incorporate more movement:

1. Stretch break

2. Movement associated with a word

3. "Give one, get one" strategy
Students stand and find another student to share notes with. Each student "gives" a note, and each student "gets" a note. The partners can also think of a question to ask the whole class for review purposes.

4. "Voting with your feet" strategy
Use with multiple choice questions. These can still be higher-order questions. :-) Post the letters A, B, C, and D around the room. Show students four options and have them go to letter they think is the best answer. Letter D could always be the answer "other" that way if students don't think the answer is given, they still have an option to choose.

5. "Corners" strategy
Think of four questions/thinking statements over your topic. Write each on a separate chart paper. Place in the corners of your room. Divide students into groups. Have a recorder write down students' thoughts. Groups move to the next poster after about 5 minutes. The group should read what the previous group(s) thought, add to it, or circle items they had questions about.

6. Incorporating drama
Have students act out events or stories. This can be done with or without dialogue. Is it more or less powerful with words?

7. Physical representations of content
Work independently, with a partner, or small group to demonstrate important aspect of concept.

Click the link below to share ideas of how you use movement.

The link above is a padlet for us to share ideas. I did experiment with being a middle schooler for a day in the fall. I engaged in what students were doing on that day. Some days do require more sitting in class. Question to think about: if we discuss when we are giving assessments so students don't have multiple tests in one day, should we also discuss the amount of movement we are expecting from our students throughout the week so we know a student is not sitting for the majority of the day?
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Levels of Engagment

IPI levels of engagement focus on what students are doing and at what level. The graphic below shows levels of engagement slightly different than IPI, and it brings into light why some our students may not be engaged even though we think we have planned the most engaging lesson.
How can we help students reach the highest levels for attention and commitment? What small change can we make?
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Marzano, Robert J., and Debra Pickering. The Highly Engaged Classroom. Bloomington, IN: Marzano Research, 2011. Print.