As a child, winter can be a great season when you live somewhere that has cold weather. But, for teachers it is another story. Does it seems like lately your students can’t get along with their own shadow? Have you noticed more tattling lately? More trips to the nurse? Have you been sending your principal more clients? It’s probably due to the lack of sunshine or fresh air, too many inside recesses, close confined spaces, and all of the winter viruses that are floating through the air. No wonder you’re reaching for the bottle of Tylenol by 9 a.m.
This week try something a little different. Break up your day into shorter increments. If you have a buzzer set it for 15 minutes during long stretches of time so you won’t forget. When the buzzer rings, it’s time for everyone to get up and do a stretch break, sponge activity, brain break, or whatever you call it. The bottom line is, when your students get grumpy, make them move more. Here are a few resources for you to try: