As the calendar turns from October to November, and the days get shorter, students have less opportunities to move, and to channel their energy.
Throw in the constant stream of sugar flowing from Halloween and all those winter holiday treats, is it any wonder that focus, attention and engagement become harder for our students?
GoNoodle is a web-based tool that helps teachers provide ‘brain breaks’ for students, and help kids achieve more by keeping them engaged and motivated throughout the day.
It does this by using games and videos to guide students desk-side activities that get them up and moving. GoNoodle uses research-based activities to help create classrooms that are healthy for the body, engaging for the attention, and beneficial to students’ brains in specific ways.
The site allows teachers to create classes, and has a library of videos that are centered on different situations or subjects common to an elementary classroom. These include:
- Subject transitions
- Math practice
- ELA practice
- Getting the Wiggles Out
- Energetic Classrooms
Videos range in style from typical exercise videos (though with an animated avatar named Maximo) to guided breathing to a hip hop dance duo named Koo Koo Kangaroo.
GoNoodle is freemium, which means that teachers can set-up accounts and get access to most of the content for free. GoNoodle Plus allows users access to movement activities that align to core subjects.