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Share Synopsis Regularly-scheduled movement breaks throughout the day and movement used within and between lessons results in better-behaved, more engaged students who can more easily focus on and retain what they are supposed to be learning.
Movement has been shown by educational, cognitive, psychological, medical, and behavioral research to be one of the best ways to get all children - neurotypical and neurodiverse special needs children alike - to gain control over their behavior and to engage with and retain what is being taught to them.
Regularly-scheduled movement breaks throughout the day and movement used within and between lessons, help all children both neurotypical and neurodiverse regulate themselves, which leads to better-behaved, more engaged students who can more easily focus on and retain information from their lessons.
It seems that the problem is less with the children, and more with the way schools are typically organized and run. Schools need to change with the times, become more flexible, more relevant, and more engaging, so that all students can connect with and learn from the material presented to them more effectively.
Regular movement has been shown to increase focus and retention in children and adults of all ages. Movement also helps all children regulate ie, adjust their energyand it therefore has been shown to lower rates of behavioral problems such as fighting and bullying .
Every day, there is a new article highlighting research which shows how bad sitting for long periods of time is, not only for productivity, but for overall health.
A recent article even cites an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic as saying, "If you've been sitting for an hour, you've been sitting for too long. If children are being forced to sit still in school for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, year after year, for fear of punishment, suspension, expulsion, and psychological diagnoses if they actually do need to move, then how on earth do we expect them to have healthy, active lifestyles when they become adults?!
How is this transformation supposed to happen?
For many years now, Finnish schools have understood the importance of incorporating regular movement into the school day, and approach it in a variety of ways.
Most Finnish schools provide 15 minutes of recess for every 45 minutes of instruction. Researchers say this accounts for part of their ongoing academic successes.
It also helps, of course, if school policies support their efforts. An emphasis on regular breaks for movement should be incorporated into EVERY classroom, into every lesson, and be made an important part of overall school policy.
Whether implementing school-wide movement breaks or recess, introducing movement breaks between lessons, or even incorporating movement into the lessons themselves, schools are slowly realizing how beneficial movement is to boosting academic performance and to regulating behavior and attention.
They mostly need to change their mindset and accept that movement is beneficial. Movement breaks can be included between lessons very easily.
Teachers can reduce the amount of instruction time per lesson from 40 to 30 minutes, and then use the remaining 10 minutes for movement breaks, so that children are clear and focused before the next lesson begins. There are a number of movement-in-school programs that train teachers with moves for calming or invigorating students whichever is needed at the time.
There are also instructional podcasts, apps, and DVDs that can be purchased by a school in order to give teachers some ideas on what moves to give their students at what times.
However, basic jumping jacks, running in place, and some stretches behind the desk are also very effective in helping students get the movement their bodies and brains need in order to perform at their very best.
The movement breaks cause a win-win situationbecause the children are getting some exercise and regulation and, in addition, the shorter lessons are more easily remembered. The movement itself also helps children focus and retain more information from the lesson.
Therefore, having 30 minute lessons plus 10 minutes of movement in between them, means a happier, more engaged student body, as well as students who will retain more information over the course of the day than would be retained from regular 40 minute lessons.
More time teaching is not always better, especially if the lesson is not being absorbed and retained. Whether it is using your own feet as a source of measurement, role playing a fight between the Aztecs and the Conquistadores, or having students circle and crash into one another to physically demonstrate how atomic particles behave during fission and fusion, students are more engaged and have better retention of subject matter when they are physically active during the lessons.
The New Jersey Education Alliance, for example, prepared informational booklets and a website to give examples of movement-based lessons. It shows that children, especially when they are young or if the material is difficult, can better understand concepts when they use movement to physically act out the concepts.The page you are trying to access has moved.
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