Our new 6-12 ELA chairperson was clearly not familiar with middle-grade kids and the need to allow for movement in the classroom.
“They certainly are…wiggly… aren’t they?”
His eyes widened in mock horror as he leaned over to whisper, “And they pass quite a lot of gas.”
Yep. My middle schoolers are wiggly and stinky.
And ornery. And sweet.
Simultaneously. Which is why I love them. 💓
There are plenty of days when we have to teach kids self-control. So I try to let them work out their “wiggles” by incorporate movement when possible. It can be very simple.
Easy and Quick Ways to Incorporate Movement
- Which historical figure deserves his or her own national holiday? Why?
- Why do young people enjoy dystopian literature?
- Should students choose between art and music education, or should both be required?
The kids enjoy it because it gives them a chance to move and it gives them a new physical environment. It also gives the entire class some fresh perspectives when we do a Turn & Talk or a Think, Pair, Share.
Fun Review Games
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