In Spark, author John Ratey gives a compelling argument about how important movement is for our brain. For kids who are growing and developing every cell in their bodies, I think it is the most important.
Think back to when you were in school. How long could you sit and concentrate for? Could you do it for a full 50 minute class? How about 90 minutes?
I couldn’t…and still can’t. I find that about 20 minutes is all I’m good for. Then my feet start tapping, my eyes start wandering, and my brain goes with it.
If I can get up and move for five to ten minutes, I’m able to come back and focus again.
If not, I’m pretty much lost except for brief periods of concentration that last about 30 seconds.
If you’re a teacher looking for quick activities to do with your classroom to help them focus and learn, then this will be a great series for you to follow.
I’m going to take the best of movement and education information and apply is so that you’ll have lots and lots of easy ways to help your kids learn. They will behave better, learn faster and even become fitter.
I’ll include links, exercises, games and even educational games that can take as little as 20 seconds to as long as 2 minutes. Not too long. But it will help your kids…guaranteed!