The Next Page Entry 13: Morning break–My version

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Okay, ours wasn’t quite as free-flowing. But give me time. **Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

So, morning break.

A first step was to NOT call it ‘morning break’. I’m going with “10:00 Flex Time”. My thinking: Renaming it helps the ‘Why does Room 36 get morning break and we don’t?’ objection.  I like the multiple meanings, as we’ll be flexing our brains and our muscles, while also being flexible with our time. 

Because I wanted this first foray to go smoothly, I took them through each step ahead of time. [Someone calls it ‘journifying’.]

We walked out in two parallel lines. We formed two circles. After a quick review of a proper jumping jack, we did three sets of ten. As we did the jumping jacks, we counted by multiples of four. [Always fun to hear the inevitable confusion of numbers as they get higher…Note to self–a little review of ‘The Fours’ would be a good idea.]

I limited our flex time to just that. I wanted the basic steps to sink in. The kids will eventually ask why we’re always located behind the classroom. While we might be heard, we won’t be seen. No need to call attention our way any sooner than necessary. [With each day, I’m liking this whole ‘exiled to the boondocks’ more and more.]

Tomorrow: Burpees. 

A different kind of writing prompt for The 7 C’s Learning Expo

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The latest addition to The 7 C’s Learning Expo

With these fortunes as a springboard, try one or more of these activities:

  1. Have characters use two or more of the lines in an amusing conversation.

  2. Mix and match the various words in the fortunes to create new fortunes.

  3. Compose a story based on one or more of the messages.


** Here is a short tour of the Expo and its current collection of resources. [More are being added every week.]