Kids fidget. It’s part of brain development. Deal with it.
Whether teaching on the floor, outside, or at desks, having a flexible space and keeping kids moving throughout the day, impacts learning in a positive way.
Several years ago, before she retired, the PE teacher at our school saw the need to build fitness into the school day and together with our PE program, our kids have PE everyday. Being someone who never really got into sports, I absolutely detest going to the gym. I love going for long brisk walks (but only on nice days – in Seattle, that doesn’t work for about 9 months of the year). It’s amazing that all the kids seem to love physical activity. When its built into the culture, it becomes the norm.
I’ve noticed that there are more after school programs that deal with circus and acrobatics arts. I think that’s pretty nifty.
With our school’s new focus on sustainability (the focus of section 5 in this book), we are gaining a lot of new outdoor play areas and a school garden. The landscaping will also include native and sustainable plants. Hopefully there will be areas where kids can play among the plants.
Allow kids in some of the decision making. This includes curriculum, class expectations, game rules, and how to solve problems.
I wonder if we can apply this to some of our faculty meetings. If we met in small clusters and discussed school themes/issues as we went for a walk. I keep thinking that all that apply to children, also apply to grown-ups, but that change is gradual and takes time.