Dr. Becky Bailey, expert in developmental psychology says, “All learning begins with connection.” Perhaps there’s nothing more important in the first days and weeks of a new school year than helping students feel connected to you and each other. This is the foundation of classroom community, and GoNoodle can be a powerful connecting tool in those early days!
Videos like Fist and Flat from Mr. Catman have students partner up to complete an activity together. What a great way to make friends with someone new! If you have a student who is especially nervous or shy, try being their partner for the first few videos to build trust and confidence. See all of GoNoodle’s Partner Up videos!
Laughter is the best medicine… for first-day jitters, for forging friendship, and for creating a learning environment full of connection! GoNoodle’s very own version of the Hokey Pokey is just what the doctor ordered. Circle up, put your right foot in, and just try not to laugh when you shake it all about 😉
Plus Exclusive: Bodyspell
Of course, the first step to connection is learning names! Bodyspell turns this necessary task into an active, community building experience. Enter student names into the game, then play using your custom list. When a student’s name appears on the screen, it’s his or her time to shine while the whole class uses their bodies to spell out the letters. Try it with GoNoodle Plus, free for 30 days or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like help advocate for Plus at your school.
GoNoodle gets over 14 million kids moving in classrooms and homes around the world! Short movement and mindfulness videos boost productivity, improve behavior, and build community for kids. GoNoodle videos are available for free at GoNoodle.com and in our iOS and Google Play apps. Create a free account to get started!