Movement and Learning

Activities for Movement to Support Learning

Cross-laterals

Use arm and leg crossover activities that can force both brain hemi-spheres to “talk” to each other better. Examples - pat head/rub belly; touch opposite shoulder, elbows, or heels.

Stretching

Stretching increases blood flow to all parts of the body including the brain.

Quick games

Ball-toss games for review, vocabulary building, storytelling, or self-disclosure.

Energizers

Raise blood pressure and epinephrine levels among drowsy learners, reduce restlessness among antsy learners, and reinforce content.

Snowball

Write a test review question on a piece of paper, wad it into a paper ball, and toss it to a student who opens the paper, responds to the question and tosses it back.

References

Jensen, Eric. 2005. Teaching with the brain in mind. 2nd edition. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Alexandria, VA.



Conyers, Marcus and Wilson, Donna. Move Your Body, Grow Your Brain. Edutopia.org. retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/move-body-grow-brain-donna-wilson on March 25, 2015.