(Were you taught how to square dance in school phys ed, like the smiling faces at the Jones School in 1949 Ann Arbor, MI?)
Moving together connects us cognitively. The fascinating science exploring interpersonal synchrony shows that social cohesion is built and maintained through coordinated movement, including internal and involuntary movement like heartbeats and breathing. Humans are built to tune in to each other, and to work collaboratively. (Dogs can tune into our movements, too: check out “The Family Dog is in Sync With Your Kids”)
Improving team work and a sense of belonging — looking ahead to our chance to do this again in person — gives us a great excuse for trying some unorthodox activities as preparation for collaborative projects. Be transparent about these activities as intentional for improving cognitive performance. Moving to music (creating it together, like Matthew Marsolek demonstrates in this TEDx UMontana Talk), building a model, walking outside, playing cards: what kinds of shared movement activities would you like to try with your students?