Too much of a good thing usually ends up being bad. Take for instance physical activity. Yesterday morning, I went skating (which I hadn't done in six months) with my class for about an hour. It was pretty casual, but I worked by leg and thigh muscles. Then I decided to play intramural basketball with the grade 6 boys at lunch. Again, not a big deal, I thought. It didn't feel too physically exerting, as it was for only about 20 minutes. Finally, after school I coached the grade 6 boys basketball team, and I must have done more running and walking than I'd thought.
This morning, my body is feeling a bit sore, especially my right arm at the elbow joint. I'm also feeling tired as well. So somewhat ironically, all that physical activity, which should give me energy, is now the cause of my enervation.
One other example: For our Valentine's party, we brought snacks, treats, goodies, candies, and more delicious delectables. What happened at the end of the day? You guessed it. Too much of a good thing ended up making them almost sick to their stomachs--literally. Also, too much ended up in the composting bin (thank goodness for that consolation). Next party will be either a treat-free zone, or simply take a page from the primary class's page and assign a limited balance of both healthy and less healthy food items.
Imbalance can really knock you off your socks, so try to find balance in all areas, including the classroom. Seat work vs. moving around. Quiet work vs. louder activity. Teacher talk vs. student talk. Group work vs. individual work. Structured activity vs. free play. Bright lights vs. dimmer lights. And the list goes on....
Daniel H. Lee
This blog will be dedicated to sharing in three areas: happenings in my classroom and school; analysis and distillation of other educators' wealth of knowledge in various texts; insights from other disciplines and areas of expertise that relate and connect with educational practices.