From "Animal Action" to "Tony Chestnut" - Energize Your Students' Learning by Suzanne Blakely MSEd

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Published on March 6, 2014

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Presentation @ the NYCAEYC Annual Conference 2014 by Suzanne Blakely MSEd - "Come ready to have fun! While highlighting the cognitive, physical, and social/emotional benefits of “brain breaks” and energizers in early childhood classrooms, we will enjoy learning some ourselves! Participants will be encouraged to participate in numerous songs, dances, energizers, and physical exercises that are easy to use with young learners."

FROM “ANIMAL ACTION” TO “TONY CHESTNUT” - Energize your students’ learni NYCAEYC Annual Conference 2014 SUZANNE BLAKELY, MSEd

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Free Energizing Music Check out my Energizers playlist on Spotify!

Goals For You! Benefits Strategies Experience Share

Rules of Engagement • Risk-taking encouraged • Respect other’s risk-taking! • Take something away with you • Share your own knowledge

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What’s the Big Deal Anyway? …why are energizers so important? • • • • • • Support physical development Improve memory Capture children’s interest Celebrate creativity and individuality Build community Relieve stress In summary… because they are DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE!

The Biggest Deal: Brains Need Breaks brain breaks improve concentration Physical activity… • Increases oxygen flow to brain • Stimulates neurological pathways • Promotes bilateral hemisphere coordination in the brain • Releases noradrenaline

Adult Brains Need Breaks Too!

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Types of Energizers: Guided the lyrics tell you what to do Examples include:: • Animal Action I and II – Greg and Steve, Cha Cha Slide, Head and Shoulders, Baby, Walking, Walking, Razzama Tazzama I and II, Rowing Song – Ron Brown, Shake My Sillies Out – Raffi, Going On a Bear Hunt, The Hokey Pokey – Ray Anthony, If You’re Happy and You Know It, Wheels On the Bus, Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes Pros: - Don’t need much of an intro or time to learn - Structured - kids have less room to diverge and be “off task” - Kids tend to feel comfortable participating – feels less “threatening” if everyone is doing the same thing - If you have a recording, a guided energizer can theoretically “run itself” – don’t need an adult to lead it, allowing you to prep for next activity while kids follow cd - Often repetitive and/or build on Cons: - Less room for creativity

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Rowing Song – Ron Brown found on teacherideafactory.blogspot.com

Types of Energizers: Choreographed standard choreography exists, but leader needs to know the directions and needs to teach it Examples include: Go Bananas, Hi, My Name is Joe (Button Factory), Tony Chestnut – The Learning Station, Going Over the Sea, Aroostasha, Shark Attack, Icky sticky bubble gum, Let Me See Your Boogaloo, Singing in the Rain, Cotton Eye Joe – Rednex, Macarena – Los Del Rio, Electric Boogie (Slide) – Marcia Griffiths, Chicken Dance – David & Gila’s Band, Cupid Shuffle – Cupid Pros: • All of the same pros as guided energizers – - Structured - kids have less room to diverge and be “off task” - Kids tend to feel comfortable participating – feels less “threatening” if everyone is doing the same thing - Often repetitive and/or build on Cons: • Leader needs to know/remember the directions! • Need to teach it to the kids • Need a leader to model it (at least until they know it) - Once kids know them, they can lead them! • Some choreography can be difficult for young children (ex: cotton eye joe) • makes it less fun if a child doesn’t feel successful • If this happens, can always adapt/make up your own choreography • Alternate between choreography and sections of free dance • Less room for creativity

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Types of Energizers: OpenEnded up to the participants to choose how to dance Examples include: The Freeze – Greg and Steve, I Like To Move It – will.i.am or Crazy Frog (dance circle), Jump In the Line – Harry Belafonte, 1, 2, 3, 4, Celebration – Kool and the Gang, Y.M.C.A. – Village People, Who Let the Dogs Out – Baha Men Pros: • Sparks creativity • Everyone can be successful • no one “right way” to do it, so no way to “fail” • Celebrates individual skills and talents (i.e. kid who breakdances!) Cons: • Some kids can be more shy with open-ended dances – may feel more risky to have to “do your own thing” • Can make it easier for kids by suggesting categories of movement (ex: now dance only with your arms! Now dance with only your head!) • Easier for these energizers to get out of hand and children to make poor choices • Most successful when teacher provides boundaries and clear management

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Types of Energizers: Yoga Pros: • Calming • Develops balance, coordination, physical strength Cons: • Requires space • Some kids have difficulty mimicking poses • Some kids struggle to “take it seriously” and embrace the quiet

Yoga Products

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Types of Energizers: Me Moves

Me Moves Pros: • Calming yet physically stimulating • Develops many skills: • Lots of physical development (crossing the midline, coordination, muscles) • Memory • Visual tracking • Spatial awareness • Rhythm • 3 categories of activities (joy, calm, focus) with varying degrees of difficulty • Wonderful music • Video celebrates diversity - features an intergenerational cast of numerous races, both sexes Cons: • DVD is very expensive • Need projection for whole group

Me Moves

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Types of Energizers: Meditation Pros: • Short and sweet • No supplies or additional space needed • Centering and calming • Helps increase oxygen flow to the brain • easy to transfer the skill into other times – ex: conflict resolution, assessments, etc • Can be used as a wind down following a more active energizer Cons: • Some kids struggle to “take it seriously” and embrace the quiet

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Types of Energizers: Active Games Examples include: Limbo Rock – Chubby Checker, This Is What I Can Do, Up/Down Ball Pass, Let’s Get the Rhythm (Engine, Engine Number Nine), Bean Bag Alphabet Rag – Hap Palmer, Bean Bag Boogie – Greg & Steve, Just Like Me!, Take Sides Pros: • Kids love games! • Can introduce (or eliminate) competition, depending on your group and your goals • Fairly easy to integrate curricular content (alphabet, numeration, etc) Cons: • May require more space • May require props (ex: limbo stick) • Can take more time • Since fairness is so important to young children, best when same number of turns for all!

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Types of Energizers: Exercise

Types of Energizers: Exercise

Types of Energizers: Hand Games Examples include: Double Double, Dum Dum Dah Dah Pros: • Easy for kids to do in partners or as a whole group • Encourages cooperation • Strengthens hand-eye coordination • often incorporates crossing the midline • Develops rhythm • kids transfer naturally to other parts of the day (i.e. recess, finished snack early, waiting in hallway, field trips, etc) • Lots of room to add variations and create additions to these types of games Cons: • Hand/eye coordination often harder for our youngest learners • Some are more difficult if you have an odd number!

Types of Energizers: Celebrations Pros: • Build community – helps build identity as a group • Celebrates accomplishments • Psyches the group up • Short and sweet • Triggers release of dopamine Cons: • Can be loud!

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Using Energizers Successfully look for the cues

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Using Energizers Successfully plan your management model expectations

Using Energizers Successfully Goal? Choose wisely!

Using Energizers Successfully gradually build complexity

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Using Energizers Successfully wind up, then wind down

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Using Energizers Successfully keep it fresh

Using Energizers Successfully make it easy

Using Energizers Successfully

Using Energizers Successfully find a system (found on http://thehappyteachertpt.blogspot.com.au/2012/08/brain-breaks.html)

Using Energizers Successfully keep it age appropriate

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Using Energizers Successfully celebrate diversity

Using Energizers Successfully take advantage of transitions

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Using Energizers Successfully insert activity into your daily schedule

Using Energizers Successfully make your curriculum active

Supplies to Promote Activity

Supplies to Promote Activity

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Resources

Action Plan!

Questions?

Before you go… … a small favor!

https://energizeyourstudentslearning.wikispaces.c om/ SUZANNE BLAKELY, MSED SUZANNE@ALUMNI.DUKE.EDU

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