When I was teaching for a living, I always looked forward to my time at the podium. I found it exhilarating and energizing. Part of it was the thrill of instruction that I felt (the “Aha!” moments, etc.), but a good part of it was simply from moving around, being active. As we know, however, getting up and teaching is just a part of the vocation; a majority of our time, it seems, is sitting behind a computer making lesson plans and the like.
This past weekend I watched “Step Brothers” again, and (once again) had a great laugh when they dance around their bedroom after creating space “for activities.” It reminded me that I would use that phrase when I would get my students out of their chairs when I could see that the lesson was slowing down and making them a bit lethargic. Obviously there would be a point to getting them out of their seats (I had an alternative “get up” lesson activity handy in my back pocket just in case).
My point is, do you see your students slipping a bit in the classroom? If you do, do you have some sort of activity that allows them to stretch their legs? Get the blood pumping in your students, and you will find them to be a better student. That’s been my experience, and it has been backed up by science! Here’s a link to several studies: http://www.sparkpe.org/blog/study-physically-active-kids-perform-better-academically/.
Make your students better! Get up, stand up!
Instructional Media Design Specialist
Center for Academic & Professional Excellence