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Kinesthetic Learners in the English Classroom

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Kinesthetic Learners in the English Classroom What is Kinesthetic Learning ? How can English teachers cater to kinesthetic learners? Kinesthetic learning is one of the three main learning styles: Visual Auditory Kinesthetic * take numerous detailed notes
* tend to sit in the front
* are usually neat and clean
* often close their eyes to visualize or remember something
* find something to watch if they are bored
* like to see what they are learning
* benefit from illustrations and presentations that use color
* are attracted to written or spoken language rich in imagery
* prefer stimuli to be isolated from auditory and kinesthetic distraction
* find passive surroundings ideal

www.usd.edu * sit where they can hear but needn't pay attention to what is happening in front
* may not coordinate colors or clothes, but can explain why they are wearing what they are wearing and why
* hum or talk to themselves or others when bored
* acquire knowledge by reading aloud
* remember by verbalizing lessons to themselves (if they don't they have difficulty reading maps or diagrams or handling conceptual assignments like mathematics).

www.usd.edu * need to be active and take frequent breaks
* speak with their hands and with gestures
* remember what was done, but have difficulty recalling what was said or seen
* find reasons to tinker or move when bored
* rely on what they can directly experience or perform
* activities such as cooking, construction, engineering and art help them perceive and learn
* enjoy field trips and tasks that involve manipulating materials
* sit near the door or someplace else where they can easily get up and move around
* are uncomfortable in classrooms where they lack opportunities for hands-on experience
* communicate by touching and appreciate physically expressed encouragement, such as a pat on the back


www.usd.edu Kinesthetic learners tend to... --wiggle, tap their feet, or move their legs when they sit. --be categorized as "hyperactive" children --do well as performers: athelets, actors, or dancers. Why is it important for teachers to understand and accomodate the different learning styles? The California Standards for the Teaching Profession support the creation of classroom communities and curricula in which students with varying backgrounds, learning styles,
strengths, interests, needs and abilities are engaged and challenged as learners.

www.ctc.ca.gov A teacher's understandings of students, of subject matter and curriculum, and of instructional methods, strategies and styles are ultimately linked to how the teacher plans instruction and creates and assesses opportunities for student
A teacher's understandings of students, of subject matter and curriculum, and of instructional methods, strategies and styles are ultimately linked to how the teacher plans instruction and creates and assesses opportunities for student

www.ctc.ca.gov By paying attention to the variety of learning styles in the classroom, teachers can better individualize language development intsruction. Students will learn more easily and remember more when working in a style that best suits their abilities, personalities, and preferences.

English Language Learners in Your Classroom:Strategies That Work
By Ellen Kottler, Jeffrey A. Kottler, Chris Street How can English teachers cater to kinesthetic learners? Teachers can provide opportunities for ... Acting and role playing (vocabulary words, stories, etc.) Incorporating artwork and illustrations with writing assignments. Educational games that will allow kinesthetic learners to move about and use their bodies. Hands-On Activities and
Project-Based Learning for English teachers "Even simple tasks like using a ball for question-answer segments when discussing literature helps get kinesthetic learners engaged. I use a colorful ball to throw to the speaker before answering a question and find that it gets even the most 'figety' student engaged."
--Arus Boggs, eighth grade English teacher Class murals Finding words in newspapers, magazines to match parts of speech for collages. Playing a game of charades related to a focused text. Hands-On Activities for High School Students "Most high school students will be hesitant when assigned hands-on activities and project-based assignments, but in ten years of teaching I've discovered that these projects actually get students enthusiastic about the literature. Activities that require movement and physical participation get certain students involved that wouldn't normally participate. I use debate and dramatization frequently, and they love it!"

-Amy Mkrtchian, Glendale High School 10th grade English Teacher Playdough and the Writing Process "It was sad messing up our sculpture, but its fun to use playdough to learn about writing." --Julia Kelley, 6th grade "Ms. Tina always talks to us about fixing our rough draft and helping eachother change our essays, but it's fun to use playdough to learn about how to write and change our essays."
--Alina Lahian, 6th grade "They were so excited to use playdough and work together to sculpt. It was interesting to see the look on their faces when the directions were read. I'm definitely going to use this again when teaching the writing process. Even the students who don't usually participate were excited for the activity." Learning Style Quiz Project Ideas
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