Monthly Archives: March 2018

Balancing on one leg

This is a very silly activity involving some people falling over and others laughing at people falling over, or not trying to not to fall over.

It could also be a good way to introduce some basic maths into the class and even and understanding of the ageing process.

First though, the rules.

The Rules

  1. Students work in pairs.
  2. One student times the second student with a stop watch (all smartphones have one)
  3. The second student balances on one leg and closes their eyes.
  4. When they fall over, grab for support or open their eyes, their attempt finished and the first student records and announces the time.

    Swap over.

The Results

Use this chart below to work out your biological age as opposed to your chronological age.

What’s your balance-based Bio-Age?

Balance Time    Balance-Based Bio-Age

4 seconds 70 years
5 seconds 65 years
7 seconds 60 years
8 seconds 55 years
9 seconds 50 years
12 seconds 45 years
16 seconds 40 years
22 seconds 30-35 years
28 seconds 25-30 years

Source: Balancing Biological Age

In practice

I tried this with a class of twelve 18 year olds. They loved it and were keen to find out who had the longest time – the record was 1 minute 40 seconds. And laughed at me with my paltry 18 seconds, even though I protested it had knocked decades off my real age.


I also used it for a second session in the same class for two of the late comers. I made them balance on one leg with their eyes closed in front of the class. This was greeted with much amusement.

Rating

Overall I would rate this as a great success. It’s physical, it’s fun and there is even a bit of learning in it. Suitable for all ages, though for really young children I would not worry them about age aspect.


Spaced Learning – Activities for the intervals

Spaced Learning* is a teaching method that inserts ten minute intervals between three teaching sessions of 15 – 20 minutes.

This blog covers suitable activities for these Intervals.
The Intervals should:
  1. Have nothing to do with the main subject being taught.
  2. Preferably involving physical activities
  3. And be fun
An example used is making something – an elephant – out of play dough or Plasticine, or learning to juggle bean bags.
It is the intention of this blog to record, list, suggest and even inspire you with suitable activities to fill these Intervals. In practice I have found it difficult to create new suitable activities. If you have any suggestions please contact me.

Spaced Learning – further reading

* If you want to know more about Spaced Learning for a long read go to Spaced Learning: The Design, Feasibility  and Optimisation of SMART Spaces or for a quick read go to this Wikipedia page on Spaced Learning