Mr. Nash taught us some really great techniques for getting students out of their seats and responsible for their own learning. Since my principal is a big fan of the teacher-led mini-lesson followed by much more student-driven discussion and independent work, this was a great in-service.
For Writing, Social Studies (any subject that requires reading and writing), here are some possibilities:
Go to his website and check out his FREE prereading activities: Word Splash and Opin
For partnering up:
A version of Clock Buddies that I have used for years
Pairs, trios, or quads: Fine Feathered Friends
For teaching questioning and speaking with and to others:
Paired Verbal Fluency
A visual of good listening skills
Other great books that offer more strategies for Brain Breaks and using music in the classroom:
Whew! Lots of information! Do you have anything similar that you do to incorporate movement or how to cooperate with their learning? I'd love to hear your ideas!