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The Need for Movement
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The Need For Movement
Like Language, movement can be expressive, informative, analytical, and creative. (ASCD, 2013). Incorporating movement can create engaging, memorable learning experiences for all learning types.
Examples of Movement in Language Arts:
Using playground equipment to teach concepts including nouns, adjectives, adverbs, etc.
Having children walk, hop, or skip the patterns of letters and words
Using shaving cream, play doh, or string art to form letters on desks, tables, floors (Kinesthetic Modality, 2013)
Using action songs to learn letter sounds (Ex: Jolly Phonics Program)
This program teaches children the 42 letter sounds through songs and actions.
Each sound has a song and action which helps children remember the letter(s) that represent it.
Movement is encouraged to engage children in the learning process (Jolly Phonics Ltd., 2013)
What is a Kinesthetic learner? (Also known as Tactile or Physical learners)
An individual that learns by moving all muscles, both fine and gross motor muscles.
Kinesthetic learners make up roughly 30 to 40 percent of the population
Exclusively male populations may have 50 percent of greater kinesthetic learners (Kinesthetic Modality, 2013)
What are the benefits of Kinesthetic learning?
Improve memory and retrieval
Enhance learner motivation and morale
Enhance social skills, emotional intelligence, and conflict resolution ability (Jensen, 2005).
Where can movement be included in the curriculum?
EVERYWHERE! Movement can be incorporated into every subject. It can be used to open a lesson or even as an energy activity to take a break from a lesson.
The Need for Movement
EDGR 535: Theories of Teaching & Learning
Instructor: Kara Scichilone
"Oxygen is essential for brain function, and enhanced blood flow increases the amount of oxygen transported to the brain. Physical activity is a reliable way to increase blood flow, and hence oxygen, to the brain" (Jensen, 2005).
Actuarial Consulting and Teaching Services. (2011). Math & Movement. Retrieved From: http://www.mathandmovement.com/index.html
ASCD. (2013). Creative Movement: A Language for Learning. Retrieved From:
Concordia University. (2013). Kinesthetic Modality (pdf). Retrieved From:
Jensen, E. (2005). Teaching With the Brain in Mind (2nd Ed). Alexandria, VA: ACSD
Jolly Learning Ltd. (2013). Teaching Literacy With Jolly Phonics. Retrieved From:
Movement can be used in math lessons "to help kids learn more, retain more, and gain valuable basic skills while exercising their bodies as well as their minds" (Actuarial Consulting and Teaching Services, 2011). Math activities involving movement appeal to all learners as you see from the following examples.
Examples of Movement in Math:
Using movement exploration activities to teach concepts
Having one or pair of children form shape and numbers with their bodies
Tracing numbers with elbows, fingers, or feet
Closing eyes and finger tracing shapes or numbers and working with math manipulatives
Making number lines on the floor (Kinesthetic Modality, 2013)
Math & Movement
This program provides teachers with interactive activities to teach the fundamentals of arithmetic and early algebra concepts to children of all ages.
The activities are built on brain research and can be used with students in pre-school to high school (Actuarial Consulting and Teaching Services, 2011).
"Integrating music and movement activities into the lives of children can teach them new skills as well as help them to appreciate the arts" (Livestrong.com, 2013). Meaningful musical experiences appeal to auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners by incorporating rhythm, melody, visual cues, and movement.
Examples of Movement in Music:
Clapping the rhythm of a songs or nursery rhymes
Marching, tapping, stomping, or drumming to a beat
Echo clapping a beat
Singing melody echos with actions
Having children freestyle dance to different forms of music
Playing musical games including movement (musical chairs or freeze dance)
Making coffee can drums and toilet paper roll shakers
Singing a story with actions in small groups
Playing musical instruments (soundpiper.com, 2012)
Livestrong.com. (2013). How to Teach Music & Movement to Young Children. Retrieved From: http://livestrong.com/article/207666-how-to-teach-music-to-young-children/
Soundpiper.com. (2012). Classroom Music Activities. Retrieved From: http://www.soundpiper.com/min/activities.htm
Strong evidence supports that movement can enhance learning for children of all ages.
Movement activities can be integrated into all subject areas and can also be used in between lessons as energy activities.
Educators can create engaging movement lessons that also includes aspects of other learning styles. With evidence of a positive correlation between learning and movement, it is time for educators to recognize the kinesthetic learners and make a difference today. What are you waiting for?
Jensen (2005) states, "brain-compatible learning means the educators should weave math, geography, social skills, role-play, science, and physical education together, along with movement, drama, and the arts. Don't wait for a special event!" (p. 66)
"Evidence from imaging sources, anatomical studies, and clinical data shows that moderate exercise enhances cognitive processing. It also increases the number if brain cells. And as a bonus, it can reduce childhood obesity" (Jensen, 2005)
Math in the Classroom
Math & Movement Video Clip