Sparking Student Engagement
A lull in learning is never fun – refresh your students with this movement activity! Even though it can be a bit chilly in some states, you can still find ways to incorporate the walk and talk. Perhaps taking a walk through the halls of your school or a lap around the gym will be just enough movement to spark student engagement!
Hi, I’m Barb from Learners Edge.
As a sixth grade teacher, I was always on alert for student engagement and refocusing strategies. Even though reasonable transitions were built into our schedule, I sometimes noticed a lull in the learning, or a fracture in the focus. My own student engagement research led me to a favorite movement activity I called, “Walk and Talk.”
After you’ve pre-planned your path and pre-taught the routine, follow these actions steps.
- Plan and post two talking points to incorporate content learning or for building student connections.
- Line up and pair up. Use a zipper line, ladder, or any other quick random method.
- Carry your cell phone or school’s device to follow school safety protocols.
- Walk and talk together.
- Return back to class.
I’ve added more notes and extension ideas in my Walk and Talk Activity Plan. To download a copy of this movement and student engagement routine, please click on the link below.