Student Contributor: G. Robinett
After morning procedures, the teacher will conduct a daily “Morning Movement”, where students will follow along with a youtube dance video such as the Just Dance video game. This allows for students to have an opportunity to be active in the morning, helping them get ready for the day.
Each morning, the teacher will select a “Morning Movement” video to play on the projector, and for students to follow along. The teacher should be sure to watch the entire video previous to class, to make sure it is appropriate for their students. There are plenty of videos on youtube for all age groups. I took part in this tool when I was in elementary school, where all grades K-5 would do this a few times a week. I remember really enjoying this activity, as it was very fun to do a silly dance to sort of getting “warmed-up” for the day! This is a fun way to get students active first thing in the morning.
This tool best fits in the preventative phase of classroom management but could be argued to be supportive. Because this is designed to be done at the beginning of the school day, when used effectively, it can prevent antisocial behaviors and get students feeling prepared for the day. This allows for students to have time to prepare for the day by starting off with a silly/fun exercise. If this was done as a “break break” throughout the day, this could fit in the supportive or corrective phases. In terms of theories of influence, this best falls towards collaborative, as it does take time out of the morning to focus solely on students and their needs. Because this time could be used instead for a lesson of some sort, I would say that it is not the best fit for the teacher-directed end of the spectrum. However, students are not always going to choose the video that will be played (for safety reasons), so I would argue that it is best in the collaborative theory.
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Tool Source: This is a tool that my elementary school used (in the Evergreen School District, in Vancouver, Wa) while I was a student. However, videos for this activity are found all over youtube.