THE STRATEGY BEHIND A HIGH FUNCTIONING CLASSROOM

Alexander Graham Bell said, “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” With that being said, here are some options on ways to manage a classroom around exercise bursts so it doesn’t look like this:

Pre-Exercise Burst

ROUTINE

  • The routine for using Fitbound should be set and scheduled. Students should know where to stand, what to do, and have a set procedure for how to act.

TRANSITIONS

  • Students spend a tremendous amount of time on transitions-moving from place to place or activity to activity-and this is time that they are not learning or moving. Reinforce the procedures at the beginning and slowly students will act automatically.

INFLUENCE

  • Inspiring students to believe, to want to engage, and to want to participate for intrinsic reasons is influential. This is less visible than getting students to behave. Instead, it involves getting kids to believe. 
  • Students will mimic a teachers views towards the exercise bursts. Each student will have their favorites, but engaging in each one with a positive mindset is the key to success with student engagement.

EXPECTATIONS

  • Make expectations clear, rational and logical; remind students why they are doing what they are doing and ground the explanation in the mission: future success and healthy living.
  • Getting certain movements wrong and then getting them right is the fundamental process of anything; remind students that it’s a process to learn and respond to both actions as if they are totally and completely normal.

Exercise Burst

MANAGEMENT

  • As with setting a routine, managing the class during the activity burst is essential early on until a standard is set. IF YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE JOIN IN (strategically place yourself to the side so you can see everyone)! 
  • If you are not joining in, moving strategically around the room during the video is key to letting the students know you believe in what they are doing. As Fitbound becomes a part of the daily schedule you will have to walk around less and less.

POSITIVE FRAMING

  • Use positive reinforcement as a powerful tool; public praise for students who demonstrate excellent work rate or effort. A simple, “Great work” is sometimes all that’s needed.

WHAT TO DO

  • Finding and promoting the joy of the activity breaks will help to achieve a happy and highly engaged classroom.

Post Exercise Burst

Getting children back after the exercise burst can be challenging. It’s about training and practicing and usually takes some time for the kids to learn and respond to these methods.

MOVEMENT METHOD

  • Touch five chairs and head back to your seat

LISTENING METHOD

  • One-two-three eyes on me (teacher calls out), one-two-eyes on you (students respond) or any other call-respond tactic (teacher: peanut butter, students: jelly)
  • Have a bell/chime and ring (once for attention, 3 times for “calm down”)

RESPONSE METHOD

  • Touch your head, touch your stomach, touch your toes, hands in your lap, lips closed
  • Find a partner, tell them one thing about your day, head back to your seat, hands in lap, eyes up front
  • Classroom chant (hit your thighs twice, clap your hands twice, say “ready to learn”)

OR

  • Classroom Dab and that is the trigger to learn!