Teachers never have enough hours in the day. So when we find learning tools that engage students and also serve multiple purposes, it’s a huge bonus. That’s just what I discovered when I began using an interactive video series that gets students up and moving while they’re learning core content.

The link between movement and learning is clear: When students do some sort of physical activity, their brains are stimulated as well — and they’re able to focus and learn more effectively. This is why teachers in a growing number of classrooms are building in learning breaks for their students to get up, stretch, and move around throughout the day.

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However, time is a precious commodity in today’s classrooms. With all the content we’re expected to cover, we have to be very efficient with our instructional time. Having a resource that gets students moving at the same time they’re learning important content is a key way to be more efficient.

About the Author:

Nancy Flatley teaches third grade at James H. Vernon School in East Norwich, N.Y.

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