Outerspace Yoga, Trauma-Informed Practice and Unboxing Video Equipment!

For this week’s learning, I reviewed an idea from one of the kids yoga websites I follow: Kids Yoga Stories.

The title of this Yoga Lesson is “Family Yoga in Outer Space” but it can easily be adapted for the classroom, by renaming it to “Classroom Yoga in Outerspace”

I really liked the ideas for warming up by pretending to be a spaceship, and going through different outer space movements and references. It sounds so fun! This activity could be done in a larger space, with a teacher to guide the class, and by letting kids take turns to demo or teach! Some matching art cards would be a helpful tool. There are lots of other great classroom ideas here too. Space alien craft project, anyone?

Benefits of Yoga for Children:

-Calms and clears the mind

-Brings your child into the present moment

-Relieves tension and stress

-Increases concentration, focus and attention span

-Promotes thinking and boosts memory

-Stimulates auditory processing and responsiveness

-Expands imagination and creativity

Improves ability to be less reactive, more mindful of thoughts, speech and action

-Reduces stress and anxiety

-Balances low/high energy levels

-Improves attention and emotional control

-Positively influences neurotransmitter function

-Flynn, L. (2013). Yoga for Children. Adams Media, p. 22

Providing a Trauma-Informed Yoga Environment (knowledge base from my own training background)

-Providing and emphasizing choice

-Helping kids to feel a sense of control over their own body

-Be positive and encouraging

-If a child wants to observe instead of participating, let that be okay. Teach them that they are allowed to make choices with their own body!

-Provide access to doorways and exits (and make sure you have a helper to check on kiddos if anyone needs to take a break!). Be aware of lighting. There is always the potential for triggers, including emotional and physical safety triggers in traumatized kids.

-Provide opportunities to feel what’s happening in their body in safe, supportive ways and environments

-Let them know it’s okay to stop anytime.

This week, I was also able to get some of my video equipment unboxed and closer to being ready to be used. Here it is: nicely organized in the back of my closet!

“Twitter is Whatever You Want It To Be.”

How can Twitter be used in the classroom?

-Twitter Chats 

-Sharing Resources – using hashtags and having specific hashtags for a class or group

-Collaborative Learning – sharing ideas with a focused learning purpose

-Developing a sense of community through class engagement

Twitter is used for a variety of interactions:

-Hashtags -Mentions -Replies -Networking -Dialoging

How can Twitter be used as a professional development tool?

Twitter is a great way for education students as well as new teachers to access a variety of resources. One of the suggestions made in class is to find different people and groups to follow.

Connecting with other students in education has huge benefits, for helping us learn together, share our ideas, and grow as a community of educators.

“Twitter is whatever you want it to be” – Teach Thought

I found a great guide for Teachers getting started. 

Here are some of the best Educational Accounts on Twitter to follow!

Some of my personal challenges using Twitter so far:

-Keeping it brief is hard for me! During the class #SaskEdChat I found myself wanting to write long comments, but having to reduce my words to fit the limits, and then struggling to keep up with the pace of the chat as a result!

-Linking Twitter to my blog site took me a bit of playing around, but eventually I got it!

-There are so many interesting people, groups, chats and hashtags to follow. It was hard for me to stay focused!

And finally, from the journal of Educational Technology:

“Students, teachers, and other stakeholders use it as a pedagogical tool to gain information, interact and engage with each other, participate in their respective communities of interests, and share their insights about specific topics. Moreover, Twitter has the potential to enhance students’ learning capabilities as well as improve their motivation and engagement due to its unique features and non-traditional teaching approach.”

Retrieved from: https://educationaltechnologyjournal.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s41239-019-0166-x