I am so glad to be participating in the GoNoodle Blogger Blitz. GoNoodle is such a great tool to get students moving but did you know there is another side to GoNoodle? I have been trying to get into a morning ritual. One of the books I have been reading is called “The Morning Miracle” by Hal Elrod. I know when I follow through with the suggestions from the book, my day is so productive, and I feel much better.
I have been thinking a lot lately about the importance of developing these habits and realized what a great gift this would be for our children. As an educator, we spend a lot of time teaching our students about reading, math, and science. We even teach students how to treat each other, but how much time do we spend talking about how they should treat themselves?
So when I saw the calming videos on GoNoodle, I immediately thought of my morning routine and how I could use this in the classroom. Here are the steps to start your day off on the right foot with your students.
GoNoodle Morning Meeting
Begin every morning by having students come to the carpet area for a moment of silence. Silence doesn’t have to be a religious thing but just a time for students to clear their minds and prepare for the day. There are several excellent videos from GoNoodle to use during this time.
The next two steps are affirmation and visualization. The “Think About It” videos are perfect during visualization! Choose one Think About It video a week and use the topic as a sounding board for the rest of my morning routine. For example, the newest video You Are Courage has students think about some of the courageous things they have done to show courage. The video explains that courage doesn’t have to be something big but things that happen in everyday life.
As for affirmations, find affirmations that fit the topic you are discussing. Here is an excellent site to find affirmations appropriate for kids in a language they can understand. So if courage is the topic, look for affirmations on courage. Have students practice reciting the affirmation throughout the day. Another idea is to have students write the affirmation on a sticky note or write the affirmation on an app like Word Swag or Pic Collage. Have students add their affirmations to interactive notebooks, on a blog, post on a class Twitter account, or hang up in the classroom or hallway.
After visualization is exercise. Of course, there are tons of resources on GoNoodle to use during this time. You can decide which routines are your students’ favorites.
The last two steps are reading and writing. If the topic for the day is courage, choose a book that helps students understand the concept better. Students then write to answer the questions from the Think About It videos or respond to the reading in some way. If students have access to devices, I would have them create Interactive Notebooks using the Book Creator app.
If you haven’t signed up for GoNoodle, check out a previous blog post I created to help you.
Revision: I’ve had such a huge response and requests through social media about making a schedule for my morning meetings. I decided to create schedules for each month. Here is a link to my first one for September. Just click on the picture below to check it out: