Saturday, January 9, 2016

Spark Student Motivation: Get Up and Moving!

I'm hoping to get into a better blogging schedule for 2016, starting with a simple idea I want to share today for my weekly Spark Student Motivation Saturdays!

OK, you know I love being able to share SIMPLE motivational ideas, right?
Well, I have another one for you!!
I call it...
I Get Up and Moving! I
I simply wrote problems to assess their math knowledge on colored index cards and taped them around the room! (That's it! Told you it was simple!)
Wait...I also passed out clipboards!
This get out of your seat assignment could be used with ANY subject. Instead of giving your students a regular worksheet, write the questions on index cards or paper and let them walk around the room. You will see...they will think you're the coolest teacher ever! :)

Other ways to use Get Up and Moving:
  •  with a partner or group (for introducing new concepts or study buddy)
  • vocabulary (fill in the blank, synonyms/antonyms)
  • text features
  • any math computation
  • science review
  • multiple choice test
  • book genre identification
  • any easy fill in the blank questions
  • true/false questions
  • endless possibilities
I just used quick problems that wouldn't be too time consuming, not performance tasks or multi-step problems, just a quick review of the skills I had been teaching that week.

It's not like Scoot (which my students and I do love!) because I don't have control over where they go or how long they take. They simply walk around the room and write the answers to the problems on their paper.
(I number the cards like I'd number a worksheet).

I'm sorry, I did do one more thing...
I created this Get Up and Moving template to make it easy for me to assess!
Snag your Get Up and Moving template here. Use it for any subject for review or a quick formative assessment on your students' understanding.

What do you think? Will you give it a try? Please share what you'd use it with.

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I hope you had a wonderful week! Please link up any lessons, ideas, tips, tricks, incentives, ANYTHING you do get your students motivated or excited!
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Check out all the wonderful ideas from my friends who link up and don't forget to leave some love by commenting....we LOVE comments!
***Please include the topic in the link up with your blog name.


  1. My students will love this! I can easily differentiate the activity by having students look for certain colors of cards to answer. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Great idea! I am all about getting students moving, especially during the winter months when "cabin fever" in ever-present. Thank you, and have a great weekend!

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