Tossing a ball, beanbag, or other small object activates physical focus in support of mental focus. A ball toss stimulates blood flow and several brain areas, which in turn increases energy levels and recall for learning.
Watch how this Spanish language teacher uses the tossing activity to practice conversational skills. She has students use particular sentence structures while tossing the ball to each other, thus focusing their Attention while answering questions in Spanish. She also includes tips about how to lead the activity including modeling, transitioning, changing pace, and allowing for questions.