Move to Learn has proudly partnered with the University of Mississippi and their School of Education. Future teachers are forged here, and the MTL curriculum has become a prominent part of their training.
What are your thoughts about movement in the classroom for MS students?
Physical movement has a positive impact on cognition and should be integrated into K-12 curriculum on a daily basis. The importance only increases in a state like Mississippi where the childhood obesity rate is high. Children are given less and less opportunity for outside play at school, so classroom movement is vital.
How is MTL being used in your curriculum?
We train pre-service teachers and have incorporated brain breaks as a way to increase attention, motivation and learning. By modeling this practice, we hope to inspire these future teachers to use brain breaks in their classrooms upon graduation.
How have your student teachers found it useful?
Many senior elementary education majors say they use Move to Learn on a regular basis in their placement classrooms. Many of these student teachers are using it because their mentor teachers use it. Many more use it because they found out about Move to Learn while in the School of Education and have introduced it to their mentor teachers.
Have you seen changes in time on task in class?
We’ve seen positive changes in our college students since we incorporated brain breaks in the classroom. Whether we use a Move to Learn video or another brain break, the students stay energized and on task. We also have a lot of fun and have been able to learn about each other through the activities.
Have your teachers noticed any additional changes in their students since using MTL?
One of our graduates is now using Move to Learn in her classroom at Lafayette Elementary and has had great success reducing off task behaviors in her classroom.
When do your teachers find the best time to use Move to Learn in the class to be?
The student teachers like to use Move to Learn during transitions or when the kids seem to be getting impatient or bored.