children’s senses will be overloaded and focusing will be much more difficult. If,
on the other hand, you intend to conduct only one to three movement sessions
per week, it is best to use only one lesson plan, incorporating extensions as is
appropriate, during successive classes.
Finally, should you wish to adapt the lesson plans, remember that a les-
son should include both large and small movements whenever possible. In
most cases, this also means that the lesson will consist of both vigorous and
not-so-vigorous activities, which you will definitely want to alternate, for your
sake as well as the children’s.
Creating a Positive Learning Environment
Success is always the goal in a Moving & Learning program, so the atmosphere
of your class plays an important role. Managing the class must be handled with
special care. With so much activity involved, however, maintaining discipline is
not always easy.
But children love to move, and they like to show off and display their abili-
ties especially to you. You can use this to your advantage when presenting chal-
lenges. If you introduce the challenges with a phrase like “Show me you can”
or “Let me see you,” the children will want to show you they can. It is a simple
technique, but amazingly effective!
There are fewer behavioral problems when a program is success oriented
from the beginning.
A child who is experiencing success is less likely to become bored or want
to wreak havoc upon the class.
There are, however, two important rules you should explain to the children
in the beginning and enforce consistently. The first is that there are to be no
collisions. In fact, there should be no touching unless it happens to be a specific
part of an activity. To phrase this positively, you can say, “We will respect one
another’s space,” or “We will always leave room for our friends to move.” At the
start this may be difficult to enforce, especially with the youngest students—
because they generally enjoy colliding with one another! So it is your challenge
to make it a goal for the children not to interfere with one another.