Teacher Review For GoNoodle

Great Brain Breaks!

Jennifer S.
Classroom teacher
Deerfield Run Elementary School
Laurel, MD
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My Grades 1
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health & Wellness
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 3
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I have the basic free GoNoodle account and I use it for brain breaks, motivation and indoor recess. My teammate has GoNoodle Plus and she uses it to review concepts in math and reading through customized dances. My favorite is to use it for indoor recess. There are lots of videos to play to get all the wiggles out in a small space. I especially like that there are videos of different lengths and different types. For example they have energizing videos to play during transitions to get your students moving after being in their seats for a long time and their are videos that are calming that you would play at the end of recess to calm your students down and get ready to learn again. Some of the things that I don't like about GoNoodle are they aren't ranked by ability type so some of the videos have a bit more coordination requirements then what my first graders currently have and sometimes the students get so involved in the videos that they want to keep going when we have to get back to work.
My Take
I love GoNoodle and so do my students! It is great when your students need a break to get up and moving. I like how the website tracks how many videos you have completed and levels up your class monster. GoNoodle also has a blog with additional resources and ways to use it in the classroom to help teachers even more. My students enjoy the coloring pages of the monsters. I think the website does a great job of labeling what kind of videos they offer and allowing you to add your own but it would be nice to know what skill level the students need to actively participate in the video.