I say this because today, I finally took some "kinetic energy" and added it to my classes. On a typical day, my students are rather stationary. Sometimes they're in groups, sometimes they're alone, but they almost always are sitting at a desk doing something on the computer. I think this is fine, but as I mentioned, some kinetic involvement from time to time can be helpful. I was reminded on Wednesday about an activity I used to do back in student teaching called "four corners" in which I would have students complete and answer a series of likert scale questions, and then physically move to the corner of the room that displays their answers. For example, students would read a sentence, ask themselves if they strongly agreed, somewhat agreed, somewhat disagreed, or strongly disagreed, and then move to the appropriately corner of the room. It's a simple twist on using handwritten answers as it allows the rest of the class to instantly and visually see everyone's responses. Not only that, by physically moving, it seeps into their memories a little better.
As a result, today had an infusion of kinetic energy. As much as differentiation and students moving at their own pace is important, it's good to be able to come together as a lively group every now and then. Tomorrow it's back into the trenches as reading begins, but it won't be too long before another round of kinetic energy shows up.