Let's face it: schools these days are not structured for kids who are kinesthetic, tactile, or hands-on learners. Most of the classrooms I've visited recently are shockingly passive. The teacher stands at the front as the purveyor of knowledge and the students are expected to sit still, sit quietly, and complete their work with attention.
Specials like drama and art are being cut. Recess time is getting shorter and shorter while English and math blocks can span 2 hours or more.
Kids today spend more time sitting in school than ever before, and you don't have to be an educational researcher to realize...
This set-up does not work for all kids.
Developmentally, kids need time and space to move their bodies. Not only does activity increase learning results (research "Whole Brain Teaching" for more) but it also increases attention and combats the health consequences associated with being sedentary.
If you've got a student who just needs to get the wiggles out, Go Noodle is for you.
Go Noodle is a website with a simple concept-- make activity in the classroom, or at home, FUN for kids. Once you register for a free account, you'll have access to thousands of short videos with follow-along directions to get your student moving.
Each video is between 1:30 and 3:30 minutes long and you can pick the purpose of the video-- guided dance, stretch, breathing, work out, call and response and more. Some videos are just for fun, like "Chicken Dance", while others are educational, like "Water Cycle." Each video is brightly colored, engaging, and includes easy dance moves that students can emulate.
These videos are fun, motivating, and help to break up the sit-and-learn schedule that students often face at school and at home with increasing amounts of homework.
Check out Go Noodle and let us know what you think! Head over to our Facebook page to share your thoughts about this cool tool and how you might use it with your student!