There are always times during the day when kids (of all ages!) just have to get up and move. Keep a jar full of "quick acting" ideas in the front of the class. These ideas could range from action verbs ("shovel the front walk"), actions/events from a story you're reading, famous people or events in history, school activities,....whatever makes sense to your classroom and teaching. Ask a volunteer to pick an idea (perhaps without looking) from the jar and take a few minutes to prepare the action. 1. Act it out 2. have kids guess the action 3. take a minute to discuss its connections to your teaching and learning 4. move on! This quick break in the routine energizes everyone, including you. You'll find even your shyest kids will want to try after the routine is established.