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Volume 12 | Issue 3 | October 13, 2016
As students progress through school, learning can become increasingly sedentary. Adding physical activity to the school day has been linked to an increase in students' learning capacity, so why relegate pulse-pumping movement to gym class? Weaving content learning with movement not only raises energy levels, but also fires up multiple regions of the brain, making learning more memorable. Get students moving—and make it meaningful—whether you teach STEM or humanities content. Read on for strategies that capitalize on the mind-body connection.
New research on the small but might cerebellum presents opportunities for student to grow their brains. Research shows the cerebellum, though typically associated with muscular activity and motor control, plays a role in language, visual-spatial, executive, and working memory processes. Here are four ways teachers can capitalize on the brain's connection to physical movement to increase student engagement and academic achievement.
Cooperative games call on players to team up to defeat the game itself (in this case, math teacher Mr. Glass). In this example, students design 30 math problems to stump their teacher, while Glass creates ten to stymie his students. In a timed competition, students work together using speed, accuracy, and content knowledge to beat the game by correctly finishing their problems, first.
The brain needs oxygen for optimal performance. Try any of these easy-to-use strategies to get pulses pumping in your classroom.
Like little exhibits of content knowledge sprinkled throughout your classroom, learning stations get students moving and interacting for an academic purpose. Here are three different models for station-based learning, as well as general tips for mastering this teaching method.
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