Movement Gets the Mind Motivated. A look at the connection of body and mind Morgan Barnes . How is it that something as basic as movement could impact learning?.
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A look at the connection of body and mind
“The answer is quite simple. Movement acts as a generator to the brain and the brain is involved in all learning. An area of the brain called the cerebellum plays an intricate role in learning. The cerebellum makes up only 10% of the brain, but accounts for up to half of the neurons in the entire brain. This fact reveals the complexity and importance of this magnificent structure.”
Coordinates the timing of both thoughts and movements
Signals to the brain where the body is in time and space.
The cerebellum also works in tandem with other areas of the brain to maintain baseline postural control.
Academics of all sorts
Stimulate the cerebellum = Increased readiness
Letters with bodies
Counting jumping jacks
Balance with counting
Stretches (Mrs. Karen Moody, Verona Elementary)
Arm Rolls (Mrs. Bowen, Verona Elementary)
Use body to measure things
Ball toss games for review of material
“Classroom teachers should have kids move for the same reason that P.E. teachers have the kids count.” (Teaching with the Brain in Mind Pg. 66)
“Educators have noted fewer behavioral problems when children have opportunity to move in the classroom.” (www.kellybear.com)
“I think P.E. helps the students to follow directions in the classroom better. The physical release allows the students to focus on the cognitive tasks at hand.” (Mrs. Bowen, Verona Elementary)
“AM physical education days is always helpful with the classroom routine. Students are more settled on days after we have P.E.” Mrs. Moody
Better Listeners (Mrs. Bowen, Verona Elementary)
Settle in quicker (Mrs. Bowen, Verona Elementary)
“The cerebellum takes up just one-tenth of the brain by volume, but it contains nearly half of all its neurons.” (The Brain in Mind Pg. 61)
Exercise improves classroom behavior and academics. (The Brain in Mind Pg. 63)
8% of elementary schools have P.E. everyday. (www.umich.edu)
20% of schools are cutting recesses (www.umich.com)
Smart Moves. Why Learning is Not All in Your Head
Bowen, Shawna. Personal interview. 10 Nov. 2011.
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Moody, Karen. Personal interview. 02 Nov. 2011.
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