GoNoodle is Hoppin'!

Many of our readers have heard about my weight loss story.  If you haven't, let me tell you a little bit about how an active/healthy lifestyle has changed my life.  


See...I have lost over 100 pounds!  I've never known what it's like to be active.  Now that I know how wonderful it feels to move my body,  I'll be like this forever...and it's carried over to all parts of my life. 

How does this relate to teaching?

 Being unhealthy/overweight and teaching was dang hard for me.  I remember wanting so bad to go outside with my students and play a simple game of tag, but was unable to.  Last year, I was able to race my students outside from the lunch room to our playground and WIN!  BOOM! ;)  Take that, first graders.


I want to promote my active lifestyle to everyone I meet because I want everyone to feel as great as I do.  My students are no different.  We are as active as we can be in my little classroom. I know that they NEED to move more at school because many of my students are stagnant at home. Sometimes we just need 10 minutes of getting our wiggles out, or maybe I'm just trying to build their endurance and get their heart rate going (haha!), we always use my favorite website:


What is GoNoodle, you ask? GoNoodle.com is pretty amazing!  It's a compilation of FREE brain breaks you can use in your classroom.  From yoga to Minions dancing to "Happy", this website has it all to help your students (and you) get moving.  Your students are able to follow along easily, get moving, and have a BLAST.  Let's be honest, I have a blast too.  



I had to show you how much fun their Brain Breaks are. Try not to laugh too hard!
 (P.S. I'm totally repping my What the Teacher Wants t-shirt that Natalie bought me for Christmas)...


I seriously was sweating after! I had to do it like 5 times because I struggled managing the camera by myself. HA! So I really got a good workout and I love to dance!
Register and use their brain breaks for FREE {here}.




This was the one I did ( not all of the brain breaks involve dancing!):



You get to pick your classroom Champ character and of course we picked Oogles Fitzlemon:


As you pick new brain breaks for your class, you earn points and can earn more class Champs!



You can pick from  Zumba Kids (right up my alley), YouTube brain breaks, yoga with Maximo, dance/music videos, and SO MUCH MORE! You can even save your favorites so that you can easily access them later. People, they've thought of everything. 

Did I mention it's FREE!? I would never promote something that I didn't absolutely love.  I absolutely LOVE GoNoodle and I plan to use it every day this school year.  So what are you waiting for? Register and use their brain breaks for FREE {here}.

And just to show you how awesome GoNoodle is, they are giving away some swag!  Enter to win a CLASSROOM SET of GoNoodle Shoelaces.  {We can learn to tie our shoes with these awesome laces or even use them as a prize for a students' fitness goal} 






How are other teachers using GoNoodle in their classroom?  Head over to Elementary Shenanigans to see how Hope uses it in her classroom! 

97 comments:

Miss Nguyen's Class said...

I used it last year when my kids started getting restless.

nguyen_sally@icloud.com

Christina Marie said...

I use GoNoodle on days we can't go outside for recess.

Christina Marie :)
Apples, Books, and Crayons
applesbooksandcrayons@gmail.com

Sharon said...

I signed up last year but didn't use it but I've already gone through most of the songs and chose the ones that I will be introducing first this year. I can't wait!

The Weekly Sprinkle said...

I love love gonoodle!!

Tammy Bourne said...

I love GoNoodle! I did it last year with my class and again during summer school. Even 5th graders like it especially when they see me doing it. On another note way to go with the weight loss! I need to get on your bandwagon! So proud of you. What else did you do? Did it take awhile?

christine said...

Last year I used pinterest to organize my brain breaks. I like that I can still put my favorite ones on Go Noodle and can access other things as well. My students cheered for brain breaks.

Cassie said...

Love gonoodle!

Melinda said...

I love using it as a midday break and as a reward.

Jalpa said...

It would be great for transitioning!

Kim said...

Our recess time has been cut, so I think this will be a great way to get some movement in each day.

Jillian Collura said...

Thank you for sharing! I'm a first year teacher and hadn't heard of GoNoodle. I'm going to use it after the kids come back in from lunch.

alexis kerr said...

I will use it for breaks throughout the day, for transitioning, de-stress exercises, and for some awesome classroom fun!

Jessica said...

Just signed up! This looks like so much fun!

Little In Betweens

Bobbi said...

We started using GoNoodle in my second garde classroom last April and it was amazing! We would always do one activity that would get our extra energy out (track and field and Zumba were a fave) and then we would do a calming activity and get ourselves ready to go back and learn -- they loved Maximo and the breathing activities... We used Let it Go as one of our calming activities and I kid you not, I cried every time we did that one...the kids' sweet little voices singing Let it go...oh my gosh! I am such a sap!

Anyway... Love, LOVE me some GoNoodle! I can't wait to introduce my new class and let them pick out their monster!

Bobbi
Bitty Bilinguals

Hardlyable Farm said...

I started using GoNoodle at the end of last year. My students love, love, love the brain breaks and so do I. Its great to get them up and moving. I also love the calming and de-stressing activities. The free account ROCKS!

michele said...

Love,love, LOVE Gonoodle! I used it during the regular year, during summer school and even at home for my son when he needs a little indoor exercise! It is so fabulous! And if you ever want to change things up or just have a dance party, youtube also has all the just dance videos uploaded. I took several of the just dance kids and Disney just dance ones and put them through safe share.tv (to ensure no inappropriate commercials or ads pop up) and saved them to a folder so I have them at a quick grab! So much better than "heads up 7-up" for a rainy day energy release!!!

buzzer said...

Go noodle is a great way to Cary brain breaks and gave fun!

Kelly Edwards said...

We love Go Noodle! Especially on rainy days...

Jill Sloothaak said...

I do brain breaks every single day with my Kindergarteners, but I was always scouring YouTube and finding things on my own. SO many of my students' favorites are right there for me on GoNoodle. I LOVE this site -- and had never heard of it before! Can't wait to choose our Classroom Champ and get moving!!

Jill
ABCs and Polkadots

deatondarlings said...

Go Noodle will be great during transitions!

Misha said...

We started using GoNoodle last year when we got restless, or missed our lunch recess.

balletfan said...

I will use this right after lunch when everyone is sleepy! Lynn Ubell

Nicki said...

Can't wait to use with my kinders

MONICA WHITNEY said...

My students love GoNoodle. They love to get up and move and seeing the icon grow when they complete a level.

Carol Polston said...

You are totally adorable and look wonderful! I am so inspired by your ability to stick with it & get healthy (and look great!). Go Noodle is a wonderful way to get kids up and moving- it motivates them to continue on with their work when they are finished with this "brain break". Carol

Shannon Beamon said...

I am so excited to be able to use Go Noodle this year! This is going to make my life so much easier!

Mrs. Stroz said...

Found this site last year and my kids loved it! They begged to use it! Sometimes I use it as a reward or when kids come back in from recess or lunch to settle them down. We even did the breathing before the Terra Novas!

Janette Heil said...

I plan to use it with my first and second grade learning support students to transition from homeroom into my room and again from snack back to our lessons!

Mary said...

I plan on using Go Noodle with my students that have emotional and behavioral disorders for various brain breaks throughout the day. I can't wait!

SueG said...

My JK students and I love GoNoodle. We discovered it last year!

Stacey White said...

Last spring, the kids LOVED Go Noodle in our classroom. The only problem was that they all had their own favorites. We decided to make it fair...and fun....the snack helper each day would be the one that picked the activities that we did. Noone forgot their snack day again! Stacey (swhite@cfc.k12.wi.us)

Randee said...

LOVE GoNoodle!!! In addition to fun brain breaks, it is also great for rainy day recess!

Kim said...

I signed up for GoNoodle towards the end of the school year last year so I never got a chance to use it with my students. I am looking forward to doing so this year, though, especially during those days when we don't have any breaks during our afternoons.

Katie said...

GoNoodle has been a blast in my classroom and it was with 6TH graders. I loved how much the students learned from breaks like airflow and the students loved Zumba!

Becky Shultz said...

Love utilizing Go Noodle in my classroom! How did I ever survive without it!?

Tammy DeShaw said...

I'm extremely excited and inspired. Not only because I could totally lose some weight myself, but because so many kids (unfortunately) don't get enough exercise! I can't wait to use this! Thanks!

Cindy Long said...

Found GoNoodle last year. My class loved the brain breaks and the relax breaks!

Karen F. said...

To get the wiggles out!! and I have used it for a rainy day indoor recess :-)
Karen

Karen B said...

We start our day with Safe and Calm. Go Noodle is always just a click away on my computer. My kids beg for it!

Krystal said...

I love Zumba, so I want to try the Zumba kids with my class!
good enough teacher

Miss Sam said...

With 1st graders GoNoodle is a must, esp after lunch when everyone gets "mushy." Right away I would stand up and say it's time to dance. We eaxh had our dance bubble to stay in and the star of the week would choose a song to dance to. Even I joined the fun! Love!

Cassie Reyns said...

I'm excited to use this. Hopefully it will make my first year of teaching run as smoothly as possible. Congrats on your weight loss success!

LindsayD said...

GoNoodle was a part of the day that my kids SCREAMED for! They LOOOOVED it! I am so excited to introduce this to my new kinders this year. It's actually built into my schedule! We always would do 1 active brain break and either breathing or yoga to end our time. I loved it so much too!

Terri said...

My class last year LOVED GoNoodle. We did it every day. I really like the Air Time one. It was perfect for calming my class down before it was serious work time.

Frank Marti said...

I am moving to library this year and can see using this as a great way to keep kids moving and busy while the other kiddos are still looking for books.

alwayslearning said...

We love GoNoodle! Thanks for the giveaway!
Holly

Erin Murphy said...

I just learned about GoNoodle this summer and can't wait to try it!! I'm excited for them to try so many of the brain breaks, but I'd really like to watch them do 'Ninja Training' and the calming one about blowing to keep a bubble in the air! Thanks so much for having such a great blog hop!!!

Warmest Wishes, Erin from Kindergarten Dragons

Kelly said...

I plan to use it as a brain break for the students and a fun incentive when we finish early!!

Kim Chaiken said...

I used GoNoodle last year and the kids LOVED it!!! (So did I). Can't wait to start the year off with GoNoodle.

Kathy, PaperPumpkin said...

I discovered GoNoodle near the end of my last school year and we LOVED it as a brain break, especially after long math sessions! It is awesome on so many levels, for my second graders, and for me!! Congrats to you on your 100+ pound weight loss and healthy fit life! I am thrilled for you...and motivated to get more active so I can feel more fit now too...! Thanks, kathy

Theresa H. said...

I love GoNoodle! It has helped save my sanity!!! Haha! Like many others, I have used brain breaks to get wiggles out throughout the day. We also used it as a class reward in my classroom. We had a GoNoodle dance party where we actually got to watch several videos back to back! Not surprisingly, the kids loved it!!!

Theresa
First Grade Is Sweet!

AshleyK said...

My kids loved GoNoodle last year. We used the Zumba after lunch to get the wiggles out before math started. They also enjoyed the Airtime when we needed to get refocused.

Alycia said...

Love Gonoodle! Ima finalist to win a makeover for my classroom with them:)

Ms. Hoag said...

can't wait to use it at rainy recess!

Anne said...

I used Go Noodle last year when I had some free time, as well as when we needed some time to calm down--we used the bouncing bubble for that. Love it!

Jade said...

What a great story and super happy for you in your health movement. This past year I did GoNoodle with my Kindergarten students and I noticed that I started to lose some weight myself. It felt great to get out of my chair and just stretch it out. Congrats on all your hard work.

Pam Hall said...

We LOVED GoNoodle last year! Such a lifesaver for getting us up and for calming us down!

Julie Davis said...

My kids loved these for indoor recess!
Julie

Ellen said...

I'll use GoNoodle for Brain Breaks and indoor recess!

Allison said...

I use Go Noodle for transitions during the school day

Karen Rowland said...

I use it for that "after lunch - food coma"!
Karen Rowland

Adventures With Firsties

karenrowland112677@yahoo.com

Rebecca Thompson said...

I'm going to use it as my movement break I always do in the morning.

Miss Dennis said...

We love GoNoOdle in my class! I even changed our take home binders to CHAMPs (communication, homework, and my papers)!!

Cindy P said...

I'm excited to try this. We always need ideas to wake our bodies up and then calm them down. Thanks!

Emily Bechstein said...

I use this as a brain break for my kids after the 90 minute reading block!

Lisa Giuliano said...

Looking forward to using it this year! Btw- you look AMAZING! You are such a wonderful inspiration to others on being determined and seeing a goal through! Fabulous!

S. Meyer said...

As a sub. these brain breaks saved my bacon more than once! It was a time filler, a de-stresser, a "these kids are driving me nuts and I just need them to chill", and so much more!

The Jungle Spot said...

great video! Great story!

I just signed up for Go Noodle and the free shoe laces giveaway!

Thanks!

Phyllis Williams said...

I signed up for Gonoodle and am so excited about the website! I will definitely be using this this year!

Christine said...

I'm excited to give GoNoodle a try this year! I think this will be great as a starter activity after my class transitions back to our room after rotations with other teachers.

Kristina said...

I love Go Noodle! I started using it about half way through last year. My kids would beg for a brain break. What a difference it made in the whole class when the energy just needed to be shifted,

jennmsu93 said...

I heard about GoNoodle this summer and can't wait to use it. There are so many wonderful breaks to use. I'm looking forward to test-driving a bunch of them first thing in the morning (to get our day started), after lunch (to regain focus), and maybe again at the end of the day. We'll see how it goes!

techeagle said...

I plan to use GoNoodle for brain breaks in the morning and afternoon. Or whenever I see that my class needs a fun break. Thanks:)

Pingles said...

This certainly has made a difference with my kids! They love it!!!!

Melissa N. said...

I have always done Brain Breaks in my classroom and I can't wait to try GoNoodle. It will make choosing a Brain Break so much easier!

Rachel Vincent said...

I used GoNoodle last year and we loved it! I can't wait to start off the year using it! I plan on using it to transition between subjects!

Rian Bogdala said...

I can't wait to try this out! My kids are dual language students and are learning another language during the day. This will be a GREAT way to get their blood flowing for the afternoon!! I'm SUPER excited about trying this out with my partner teacher!!

abuchanan said...

I use GoNoodle daily in my classroom. It's a great way to get the wiggles out and to help students make transitions. Plus, it is a great reward for the class.

Erin De Young said...

I used GoNoodle daily last year! It was a great way to get wiggles out! I also used it for those dreaded indoor recess times. I had a lot of challenging students last year. If they met their goal I would let them pick the next activity we did. It was a great motivator!

Nicole W. said...

GoNoodle has transformed my classroom - it's like having an energetic teacher's aide at the ready to help the kiddos get their wiggles out and move (just as important as any subject for brain development). My gratitude knows no bounds!

Kayla said...

I used Go Noodle last year and loved it. I used it as a class behavior incentive. I plan on doing that again this year. It was a great way to motivate my students to make good choices.

Ms. King's Kinders

Colleen said...

I have never heard of GoNoodle. My kindergarteners will love it! Thanks!

Julie said...

Thanks for the chance to win!! :)

Kathy said...

I used the calming activities for when the students came in from recess and the more active ones when we needed a break from sitting or working hard. One of the best websites I've found for my class.

kimberlykay said...

I started playing with GoNoodle last year and plan to definitely use it daily, several times!

kimberlykay said...

I started playing with GoNoodle last year and plan to definitely use it daily, several times!

ddeckerblog said...

I love your story! You are looking great. I found Go Noodle at the end of the year last year. Loved it. This year I plan to use it after our Math time just to get kids moving and their brains ready for writing. Awesome! Thanks for the encouragement!

Jenny G. said...

I've seen posts about Go Noodle so many times before, but finally signed up tonight! :)

Cheryl E. said...

I used GoNoodle with my class last year and they loved it!! I can't wait to GoNoodle with my new batch of Kinders!!

Ms. Shapiro's 1st Grade Class said...

I just found out about GoNoodle at the end of last school year and just love it! While training the new first grade teachers in our district this week, I modeled some of the lessons and had them all sign up, too! Can't wait to use it with my little ones this year!

Am said...

School starts Monday and I plan to use GoNoodle for brain breaks. Thanks for the info!

Terra Kubert said...

I have been using gonoodle since last year. We have a 3 hour afternoon with no break, so I use gonoodle to break up the time when kids are having a hard time focusing!

Mrs. Cher Harrison said...

I also use it during indoor recess and when I see my class zoning out on me!! :D The kids really look forward to GoNoodle time!

cmerkel said...

I love GoNoodle. I se it for indoor recess and brain breaks.

Sarah Goehringer said...

My students love it! It's brand new to me and them! We use it for brain breaks when they've been sitting too long.

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