Confined spaces and a 6 ‘5″ frame don’t make for a comfortable flight. Celebrated author and Pirate Presenter Dave Burgess can relate to the frequent plight of students — boys in particular — who just need to MOVE. Dave recalls the following experience while on a cramped cross-country flight :
“It wasn’t more than 30 minutes into the flight when it hit me that I needed to get up and move. I didn’t need to use the restroom. I didn’t have a cramp. I wasn’t in any type of pain. I was just simply desperate to MOVE. All hope of productivity vanished; I couldn’t concentrate, I couldn’t focus, and I became obsessed with thoughts of freedom.
It was in this state of airplane misery, that it hit me; for many of our students, this is exactly what they experience on a daily basis. For far too many kids, school is like being trapped in the middle seat of a cross-country flight with the aisle passenger asleep. If adults need to move, it is ten times worse for kids. Incorporating frequent and purposeful opportunities for movement into our lessons should be a daily goal. The benefits are numerous and include a heightened ability to focus, improved concentration, expanded mindfulness, and elevated energy. And of course, it is also just way more fun!”
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Dave Burgess is the New York Times Bestselling Author of Teach Like a PIRATE, as well as an in-demand speaker and consultant. He will deliver the closing session at the Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta.
Now in its second year, the Boy Brains & Engagement Conference will help educators understand and support the unique needs or learning preferences of boys – whether those differences are neurological, cultural or environmental. The goal of the event is to help educators decrease dropouts, improve academic outcomes and encourage a post-secondary educational mindset among all boys.