I’m a fidgeter. I wiggle around a lot, I tap my feet, and I play with Silly Putty at my desk. I hop up immediately to get every document I print. Every. Single. One. It’s unfortunate that I have a squeaky desk chair, because I’m probably causing my serenity-loving work space neighbors to tear at their hair and gnash their teeth.
I feel for children who have a difficult time sitting still. I can still picture specific wiggly youngsters during my years of teaching. I caught one of them, a sweet boy with a particularly squeaky voice, barrel rolling down the hall when he should have been putting his coat on. It made me sigh at the time, but it makes me laugh now. (“I’m sorry, Miss B!” he said to me in his ear-piercing squeal.)
More and more, sitting times in classrooms are increasing, putting children that need to move at a disadvantage. Check out “Why So Many Kids Can’t Sit Still in School Today” at The Washington Post blog.
How do you incorporate movement into your daily school routine?