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    By Kermit

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    Some research says kids should be up and moving every 20 minutes to keep their brains working! I try to do this, though it tends to be every 1/2 hour in my class. I find they are able to sit longer when they get more chances to move around..

    example- literacy time

    everyone comes to carpet for story or mini-lesson
    They get into their book groups and works collaboratively (on floor or at tables)
    Come back to carpet and share
    go back to tables and reflect in journals

    Math-

    Meet on carpet for mini lesson
    10 minute warm up activity with a partner *game*
    Meet again, go over instructions for whole class activity (usually involving manipulatives and some kind of journaling or paper to record)
    Come back and share


    NOW, I think this works well... during the times when I really want them to stay put (self-selected reading and writer's workshop) they are able to sit for upwards of 40 minutes in general, after a short read aloud or mini-lesson/modeling in writing

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