This week I reflect on my manual labor weekend helping my wife flip a house north of Seattle. I woke up sore, tired and excited. Why? Why is doing stuff so much fun? How can we have students make more stuff?
Where did I learn how to do all this?
Why is manual labor so much fun?
Why did I sleep so well?
1. Find a way to have your students make something physical. Give them the challenge to build a tower, a bridge, a wagon for the Oregon Trail out of popsicle sticks. There is so much learning and feeling of accomplishments when we do manual labor and we get to see our progress.
2. Find a way to bring movement into your classroom. Find a way to get students up and moving!