Classroom Activities: Discussions With Your Feet

Lively classroom activities like classroom discussions are fun for teachers and students alike, and technological advances have made discussions even livelier.

But today on, longtime contributing writer Jordan Catapano extols the joys of discussions wherein students physically move around to participate.

These classroom activities include games like Cross the Line, a game whose variations include:

  • Answer the Question
  • Race to the Answer
  • Last Student Standing
  • And More!

Remember, as Jordan says, “As long as you ask meaningful questions and allow students an opportunity to figure out something new about themselves and their peers, the activity will be a hit and lead to greater thinking in the days to come.”

What are some of your favorite activities to get students on their feet? Any variations on the suggestions above?

Budget cuts have historically leveled arts and music programs in schools first. It’s too bad, because for many kids, art and music are two of the subjects that are favorites.

Beyond that, research has shown that art and music curriculums help kids with language development and IQ, they help students visualize elements like solving math problems, and they help improve test scores.

If your district has slashed arts and music programs, we’re sorry. But with a little outside-the-box thinking, you can use return music and art to your own classroom in creative ways. Frequent contributor Janelle Cox today outlines some easy ways that teachers can do just that.

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