* A 4 minute workout followed by a 4 minute math workout. *
20 seconds on, 10 seconds off, repeated 8 times
I enjoy being active and trying new things in my classroom. After trying out a Tabata workout at my gym, I decided I needed to incorporate it into my math classroom. I explained to my class that after doing tabata workouts at the gym, eventually my body got faster and stronger. My idea of applying the same logic to math problems is simply to test that same theory. If we do math problems at 20 second intervals with 10 seconds of rest, will we in fact get faster and stronger at math?
How does it work?
Do a 4 minute workout and follow it with this 4 minute math workout. Set a timer (or use a Tabata music timer found on the internet) and do a workout of your choice for 20 seconds, with a 10 second break, 8 times. Sometimes I like to alternate my workouts and do two activities instead of one. An easy one to start with would be jumping jacks and squats.
After the 4 minute workout, pass out this worksheet. Students will only work on math problems in intervals of 20 seconds and must take the 10 second break. Students will alternate from working on the front of the worksheet to working on the back of the worksheet. They should do as many problems as they can in the allotted 4 minutes.
Repeat throughout the school year to see if your students get faster and stronger at math!
My students have completely bought into Tabata Math and I am so excited they enjoy it as much as I do. I know it can be hard to give up structure in your class to let the kids be active - especially when that is all they are doing, just being active. But sometimes taking 4 minutes to be active is exactly what students need. If 4 minutes of activity will allow students to focus more on content then I am all for it. I hope you try this concept out with me. I'm excited to hear your thoughts!
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