Ideas and resources for learning on the move!

This is the theme of a recent "#eduprof" talk held on November 18, which aimed to share tips with colleagues for integrating physical activity into the classroom on a daily basis.

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This is the theme of a recent "#eduprof" talk held on November 18, which aimed to share tips with colleagues for integrating physical activity into the classroom on a daily basis.

# talkseduprof are a series of exchanges on a given theme that take place between teachers on Twitter, generally on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Each week, a different theme is discussed.

For the topic “Learning while moving”, five questions were asked to the participants to guide the discussion:
1- What benefits or advantages do you see in integrating physical activities into the organization of the class?
2- How do you integrate active activities or routines into your class?
3- What are your ideas or tips for learning while moving in French?
4- What are your ideas or tips for learning while moving in mathematics?
5- Your best links, resources to share, people to follow?

A summary of exchanges gathered by the host of the evening, Sylvianne Parent (@sylviannep), remedial teacher at 1er primary cycle, is available through Storify online tool.

Among the ideas conveyed:
- have a stationary bike in the classroom to allow those who want to move;
- do 10 minutes of “John says…” to “recharge the batteries”;
- move / dance to illustrate translations, rotation, etc .;
- count the kilometers traveled on the stationary bike to study the fractions;
- play the musical word: frequent words indicated on a circle, we turn around to the sound of music. When they stop, everyone reads the word in front of them;
- dance and sing a rule;
- run relay races to spell or classify words, jump while spelling;
- in the gymnasium, scatter letters, shout a syllable or a word, let the pupils run and form the word in their hoop;
- throw a ball by asking questions about the conjugation;
- go outside to take photos to find inspiration in free writings;
- make logical sequences with positions (sitting, standing, leaning, etc.) modeled by pictograms.

The benefits of moving, as observed by teachers:
- calm or wake up and refocus the students;
- improve concentration;
- channel energy;
- create a strong bond with the students by listening to their needs.

Resource :
GoNoodle : a series of "brain breaks", short activities that allow you to move in a fun way. Although the (free) resource is in English, teachers who use it indicate that this is not a problem.
Osmo : a system that allows you to interact with the iPad from real objects to be manipulated through various educational activities.
- The active dictation by Stéphane Côté.
130 ideas to get moving in the classroom, by Kino Quebec.

Resources have also been gathered on a Padlet wall. Another great example of using Twitter for professional development purposes!

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Audrey Millerhttps://ecolebranchee.com
General manager of École branchée, Audrey holds a graduate degree in educational technologies and a bachelor's degree in public communication. Member of the Order of Excellence in Education of Quebec, she is particularly interested in the professional development of teachers, information in the digital age and media education, while actively creating bridges between the actors of the educational ecosystem since 1999. She is involved these days in particular in Edteq Association and as a member of the ACELF Communications Committee. When she has free time, she is passionate about her children, his rabbits, horses, good wine and... Web programming!

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