Here’s a neat solution to sedentary kids experiencing stress and attention problems in school – having kids exercise in class on brain breaks.
Now, teachers can use a classroom tool named GoNoodle which conbines games and activities to bring kids back into a more focused, ready to learn state of mindl And it’s fun!
Nashville based GoNoodle is accessible online andeatures dozens of “brain break” activities and games.
“We launched GoNoodle commercially in August of last year to coincide with back-to-school, and in just 10 months, we’ve reached over two million kids. It’s really been phenomenal,” said Scott McQuigg, who is CEO of leading health education provider HealthTeacher, Inc.
But how exactly is GoNoodle used in the classroom setting? Vice President of Product John Herbold paints a picture of a typical day.
“In the very beginning of the day, kids come in, they might be jumping out of the bus, they’re rambunctious, and the teacher needs to calm them down — so she might do a calming activity. Midway through the day, they may be lethargic and need to wake back up, so she’ll pick one that’s more intense and uplifting. And then before tests, we’ve got activities that calm nerves, with deep breathing.”
On average, teachers with GoNoodle use it in their classrooms four times a day. One teacher, Greg Smedley of Fall Hamilton Enhanced Option School in Nashville, said he uses it on his kindergarteners even more often — from 10 to 20 times a day.
“I have an interactive board,” he said. “I keep it up all day and whenever the kids need a break I just pull [GoNoodle] up on the board and let the kids have five minutes of singing and dancing.”
He said he’s seen a real change in their focus. In his nine years of teaching, he said, he noticed his classes becoming less attentive and more easily distracted, but that has shifted since he started using GoNoodle.