While some teachers feel stuck in one spot while they teach due to limits on technology or space, there are some really simple ways to begin working this walking strategy into your classroom management repertoire.
If you normally teach lessons from the front of the room, you can slowly move from your stationary position during guided practice or when you have partners turn-and-talk.
This will help you gradually begin implementing that proximity so that your students feel comfortable and not intruded upon. Introducing just five more minutes of movement on your part in the classroom is a strong way to effectively begin introducing this management strategy.
Taking a brief walk around your classroom during work times or student discussions can have a long-lasting and positive impact on your students. You will be able to get a better feel for who they are as individuals, as well as who they are when they are together as a class.
You can use walking to prevent problems before they even occur, and you can also use it to conference with your students and simply get to know them better than you already do.
Incorporating exercise and movement throughout the school day makes students less fidgety and more focused on learning. Improving on-task behavior and reducing classroom management challenges are among the most obvious benefits of adding physical activities to your teaching toolkit. As research continues to explore how exercise facilitates the brain's readiness and ability to learn and retain information, we recommend several strategies to use with students and to boost teachers’ body and brain health.