Minds in Motion: A Kinesthetic Approach to Teaching Elementary Curriculum / Edition 1

Minds in Motion: A Kinesthetic Approach to Teaching Elementary Curriculum / Edition 1

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Minds in Motion: A Kinesthetic Approach to Teaching Elementary Curriculum / Edition 1

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:

  • makes learning tangible, accessible, and memorable
  • cultivates critical thinking and the use of higher-level thinking skills
  • demands both individual decision making and group interaction
  • encourages students to make use of their own experiences and observations as a foundation for knowledge
  • stimulates creative and dynamic energy in the classroom.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780325000343
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 03/16/1998
Series: Teacher-to-Teacher Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 130
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range: 5 - 10 Years

Table of Contents

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

Lesson Plans:

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

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