„Bodies in motion“ an ergo-dynamic concept for holistic learning and human development. School Symposium Feb. 6-7, 2009 / Tampa, FL. Dr. Dieter Breithecker Federal Institute on the Development of Posture and Exercise Wiesbaden, Germany. Schooling and Learning.
Feb. 6-7, 2009 / Tampa, FL
Dr. Dieter Breithecker
Federal Institute on the Development of Posture and Exercise
Our senses evolved to work together which means that we learn best if we stimulate several senses at once.
We have to satisfy the entire sensory system with a natural stimulation
The human brain evolved too
The past is the key for our future
Therefore adolescents do need a special challenging environment
Children have a strong natural impulse to be active.
They are organising their development
Brain development (synaptic switching )
is basing on movement.
„Use it or lose it“
There is a strong relationship between movement and mental fitness. The commonly held opinion that movement detracts from attention and concentration is no longer valid.
We have to accept the anthropological law that a human being must move and thatthe unit of mind and body must never be overlooked.
The majority of problems related to young people that physicians have seen an alarming case of include less physicalactivities and an increase of sedentary and static activities (computer, videogames, television) which increases risk for injury
Adolescents already sit to long and too often in static postures, especially when they work with computer technology.
More and more students experience a number of sitting related musculoskeletal symptons and disorders.
Static sitting students stress their body‘s tissues, becoming more uncomfortable, more tired, and less productive.
Health – Relaxation –
Well-Being – Attention
and concepts will
decide as one important
2. The chair should naturally follow the movement needs of the body
3. The furniturehas to be in accordance to modern concepts of learning and schooling
The adjustment of chairs and desks
Movement is the key to good health, especially when a person is seated.
Make peace with fidgeting!
It only takes about 10 minutes – or less – before a student begins to fidget, thanks to the sensomotoric system.
Regarding adolescents, it is evident, that the activity of the brain is influenced by the support of movement.“
Therefore their chairs should be designed to encourage movement rather than restrict it
Cells need oxygen, transported by blood, to burn energy. Blood also carries carbon dioxide - waste from the body‘s burned energy - out of the cells.
The effectiveness of this process is facilitated through tissue perfusion, a measure of the excange of oxygen and carbon dioxide within the body‘s tissues. It‘s the basis for keeping individual cells and ultimately human beings alive.
Mehr Flexibilität und Mobilität
Learning and Schooling – “ergo-dynamic” solutions are decisive
Buildings and classrooms should be no prisons or cages where teachers only transfer knowledge
If we do want more individualized and differentiated teaching we also have to require for an suitable environment
Researches have shown that giving students (Class B) increased opportunities to move while seated – rocking, swiveling – triggered far-above-average levels of attention and concentration during test taking.
It is easier to get good academic results when you are
working in an environment which encourages you to
constantly vary your body posture!
We need to start NOW
those who cannot protect themselves
We have to integrate the principles of
into the lives of children
Children are the adults of tomorrow