As we survey multiple approaches to learning with mind and body, this page lists my current understandings of guiding principles and good ideas. As we investigate, the list will evolve and change, reflecting ongoing synthesis and growing clarity about how our bodies help us learn.
Guiding Principles and Good Ideas
Brain research suggests multiple benefits for physical activity and kinesthetic learning.
Many students may be kinesthetic learners, and children living in poverty may rely more on kinesthetic strengths for learning.
Cross-lateral movements may have many benefits, including supporting the connection between the two sides of the brain. This connection may help with academic learning.
Kinesthetic learning connects us with procedural and episodic memory, which are stronger than semantic memory.
Students can learn to use their bodies to “anchor” concepts and content, helping them remember and learn.
Our brains naturally respond well to rhythm and rhythmic movement, wanting to keep a pattern going.
Some schools and students report significant gains in standardized test scores as a result of kinesthetic learning practices.
“You have to try it to know if it’s going to work!”