Flexibility: Is it a key ingredient in your classroom?

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If you’re like most human beings in 2018, you probably spend a fair amount of time in front of a computer, tablet, or cell phone sitting, reading, texting, typing, or holding a phone up to your ear.  Our workplaces and classrooms have been overtaken by the digital world.  Even now, you are on your digital device reading this!  So let me ask you a question…

Do you have neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, stiff legs, headaches, or have you even gained a few extra pounds around the mid-line?  I’m guessing that many of you answered, “Yes!” C’mon, we all know what’s contributing to this pain! 

My neck and low back SCREAM at me every day.  If you as an adult are feeling this way, I’d imagine your kiddos, who are diligently working on their digital devices, feel the same.  Have you ever asked your students/children how their bodies feel after being at school?  If you haven’t, I encourage you to start doing so and pay attention to the effects our digi-world is having on all of our bodies.

As a Shurley English Digital Assistant teacher, I make it a point to ask my student to pause their lesson and take a few moments to STRETCH!  NO, the Teacher’s Manual doesn’t tell me to do so.  So, WHY do I add this to my lessons?

·      Our bodies were designed to move & it simply FEELS GOOD!

·      Stretching benefits your brain as much as your muscles.

·      Studies show that stretching can help your memory, help you think more clearly, and reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s.

Physical Therapist, Suzanne Martin, says, “Stretching affects not only our muscle system, but also our neurological system which operates the brain.…When you stretch, you lengthen some areas while relaxing others.  The brain in turn regulates automatic functions like heart rate and blood pressure.”  What an invaluable tool to teach our youth! 

How To:         

  1. Take a few deep breaths through your nose.
  2. Scan your body to see where you feel tightness.
  3. Use safe stretches and breath to work your way through major muscle groups. (hold each stretch for 30 seconds)
  4. Make this a part of your daily routine.

Personally, my daily stretching and breathing practice positively affects all areas of my life.  When you open up to more flexibility in your teaching style, you open the door to greater learning opportunities.


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Kimberly Crady

Kimberly Crady is an adventurous woman with an immense love for life, learning, and teaching. After teaching in upper elementary classrooms for nearly 10 years, she joined the Shurley Team in 2005.  Kimberly has had the unique experience of teaching Shurley English lessons in all levels, Kindergarten-8th grade and training teachers across the United States.  Kimberly is a National Consultant and SEDA Teacher for Shurley Instructional Materials.


Kimberly’s passion for helping people and living a healthy lifestyle has led her to continue her education in the area of Health and Wellness.  She enjoys numerous outdoor activities from hiking and snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains to paddle boarding in the ocean; although, these days you can find her practicing hot yoga in a Bikram Yoga studio. She also enjoys traveling abroad, live music, reading, and spending time with her favorite mutt, Lu.  Kimberly’s experience as a Certified Health & Wellness Coach and Teen Life Coach helps support her firm belief in teaching the whole person, especially in the classroom.