The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through Movement

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Drawing on cutting-edge research, this inspiring book shows how to integrate movement with classroom instruction, providing hundreds of activities that improve attention spans and student learning.
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Editorial Reviews

David A. Sousa
"Here is a resource that is based on sound research in neuroscience and cognitive psychology and filled with practical suggestions on how to incorporate movement into all kinds of learning activities at every grade level. The Kinesthetic Classroom is a must-have book for every educator who wants to improve student motivation and achievement."
Kristy Spears
"Provides invigorating ideas to improve student learning and keep our students’ bodies and minds in shape through movement.This bookwill make educators rethink the importance of incorporating movement in the classroom."
Toby Karten
"The Kinesthetic Classroom invites educators to connect with learners in moving ways that allows the content to actively be part of them!"
Catherine Zavacki
"This book has completely changed my methodology of teaching in my high school chemistry classes. Through movement, I have seen more students comprehend abstract concepts while enjoying being in class."
Elizabeth M. Robison
"This book provides educators with a framework of practical ideas and strategies to enhance the connection between learning and movement. This is an excellent resource for all educators!"
William J. Behre
"This book is a great resource for teachers looking to work movement into their classes. It is full of fun, practical activities that can be used across multiple settings with kids of various ages and skill levels."
Teaching Young Children
"Traci Lengel and Mike Kuczala provide readers with great examples of ways to get children moving, active, and ready to learn."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412979542
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/26/2010
  • Pages: 156
  • Sales rank: 250,267
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Traci Lengel is a health and physical education teacher in the Pocono Mountain School District. With over 16 years of experience, Lengel's knowledge in motor development, lifelong fitness, health education, and curriculum development has contributed to the success of her insightful educational programs. Additionally, Lengel is an adjunct professor of graduate education at Gratz College of Pennsylvania and The College of New Jersey. In conjunction with this position, she is coauthor/designer of two graduate courses with Mike Kuczala. These highly esteemed graduate courses, entitled Wellness: Creating Health and Balance in the Classroom and The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning through Movement, have had a profound effect on the personal and professional lives of numerous educators. Known for her innovation, enthusiasm, and work ethic, Lengel devotes a great deal of her time to her personal and professional successes. With her motivational teaching methodology, she presents and facilitates workshops for professional development programs in the areas of wellness, stress management, enhancing student thinking, and teaching and learning through movement. Her ultimate professional challenge is to inspire educators at all levels to incorporate movement into their daily teaching.

Learn more about Mike Kuczala's PD offerings

Mike Kuczala is the director of instruction for the Regional Training Center, an educational consulting firm based in Randolph, New Jersey. He is the designer of Motivation: The Art and Science of Inspiring Classroom Success, a graduate course offered to teachers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland. Also an American Fitness Professionals and Associates certified nutrition and wellness consultant, he has coauthored two other graduate courses with Traci Lengel: Wellness: Creating Health and Balance in the Classroom and The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning through Movement. As an adjunct professor of graduate education at Gratz College of Pennsylvania and The College of New Jersey, and an in-demand keynote presenter, he regularly facilitates professional development programs in the areas of motivation, using movement to enhance the learning process, brain-based instruction, differentiated instruction, enhancing student thinking, multiple intelligences, and topics related to wellness and stress management. His entertaining and practical professional development programs have been enjoyed by thousands of teachers and administrators over the last decade. Find out more about Mike at

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Table of Contents

Foreword Jean Blaydes Madigan vi

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xii

About the Authors xiv

1 Introduction to Movement With Purpose 1

2 The Brain-Body Connection 16

3 Classroom Management 30

4 Preparing the Brain 43

5 Providing Brain Breaks 57

6 Supporting Exercise and Fitness 67

7 Developing Class Cohesion 95

8 Reviewing Content 106

9 Teaching Content 120

10 What Matters Most 143

Resources 147

References 149

Index 151

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