So how do you keep students on task and using their growth mindset during reading, math, and writers' workshop? Well, engaging lessons for one thing. Choices during work time for another, but the one thing that supports not only the students' attentiveness, but also the teacher's is GoNoodle.
Over the years, as I have developed a stronger workshop model in my classroom, I have learned that GoNoodle is the piece that holds it all together. Let's walk through the three components so that I can explain which videos I use and why...shall we?!?
Right before starting my conferences and small group instruction, we typically use the YouTube channel. I have been able to add content specific songs and dances that connect directly to our learning targets. There are tons of fabulous math videos that reinforce counting, numbers pairs, place value, and so much more.
Did you know that you can add your own videos to GoNoodle? Just head to the YouTube channel, click on the top left box, and add the YouTube URL from the video of your choosing.
As students work, and I meet with students, I am able to monitor their noise and frustration level and determine if we need another GoNoodle break. I love using Dance Party as a quick way to refocus the whole group, and I love getting up and dancing, too. Plus, who doesn't love seeing their champ pop into the dance party?!?! I even added my son's champ to my class's Dance Party for this reason.
I am so grateful for the sanity that GoNoodle brings to my classroom on a daily basis! Do you teach using the Workshop Model? What are your go to GoNoodle channels and videos? You can also head over to the GoNoodle Community page, on Facebook and share your ideas there.