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Kids love to move. They use their bodies to play, communicate, and express emotions. In Minds in Motion, Susan Griss shows teachers how they can channel this kinesthetic language into constructive learning experiences, demonstrating what a natural route physicality can be to content area instruction.
Minds in Motion introduces elementary teachers to the process of identifying, creating, and implementing lessons that encourage students to learn by using their bodies as well as their minds. It covers a range of subjects that includes science, math, language arts, history, conflict resolution, and more. Through the use of specific examples, Griss illustrates the benefits of physicalizing academic concepts, including how movement:
An ideal resource for both preservice and inservice teachers, Minds in Motion offers practical advice and support for teachers who have no experience with movement and inspiration for those who already use movement in the classroom, but are looking for new and imaginative ways to transform lessons into creative kinesthetic experiences.
Every Child Wants to Move
From Muscles to the Brain: Dissecting a Lesson
Structuring the Lesson: Space, Control, Time, and Format
Assessment: Evaluating the Mind in Motion
Not Every Teacher Wants to Move: Using Nonmovement Resources
Language Arts; Social Studies; Science; Math; Multicultural Curriculum; Design; Mediation Skills and Conflict Resolution
A. Stories That Move Us
B. Suggested Music to Accompany Kinesthetic Lessons
C. Suggested Reading