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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


    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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