Instructional Strategies: Using Movement to Enhance Student Learning
By engaging students' kinesthetic intelligence,
teachers can help them learn reading skills, history and social studies, science
and math concepts, and English language arts. This participatory workshop will
give teachers tools to use accessible, movement-based learning activities to
teach curriculum addressed in State Learning Standards. Special attention will
be paid to supporting the needs of children with short attention spans or
diverse learning styles, through the use of creative movement activities
designed to help children refocus and unlock their natural learning abilities.
2. Minds In Motion: Making The Link Between
Creative Movement And Nuts And Bolts Curriculum (Language Arts And Social
"Movement is an indispensable part of
learning and thinking," according to neurophysiologist Dr. Carla Hannaford.
Use your students' kinesthetic intelligence to help them learn reading skills,
punctuation, vocabulary, history, geography, and other aspects of language arts
and social studies. This participatory workshop will train educators how to use
creative movement, dance and kinesthetic activities to teach academic curriculum
designated in your State Learning Standards.
3. Minds In Motion: Making The Link Between
Creative Movement And Nuts And Bolts Curriculum (Math And Science, K-5)
Creative movement is a physical language that
can help make math and science highly accessible to elementary school children.
This workshop equips educators to use dance elements, improvisation, journeys,
tableau and choreography to teach basic concepts and information. Participants
will be led through actual movement lessons chosen from among the following:
cycles and transformation, sound waves, body systems, patterns, fractions,
multiplication, division, factors.
4. A Kinesthetic Approach to Elementary
Curriculum Geared to Teaching Children with Special Needs (K-5)
Children love to move! This participatory
workshop will train teachers how to use creative movement, dance and kinesthetic
activities to teach diverse elementary curricular subjects as well as enhance
self-expression, self-esteem, and the physical abilities of students with special
needs. Teachers will be shown how to incorporate props, music and stories to
engage children in creative movement. The workshop, led by a highly experienced
curriculum consultant and movement specialist, displays the concept of
kinesthetic learning and fits it within Dr. Howard Gardner’s theory of
5. Words That Move Us: Teaching Language
This workshop equips you to teach reading
comprehension, creative writing, punctuation and other language arts skills
using accessible, movement-based learning activities. Plug into your students’
kinesthetic intelligence. Emphasis is placed on multicultural and contemporary
stories and poems. Special attention will be paid to supporting the needs of
children with short attention spans or diverse learning styles through the use
of transition games, learning games and creative movement activities designed to
help children refocus and unlock their natural learning abilities.
6. Poetry in Motion: An Exploration of
Poetry through Dance
Dance has been called “poetry in motion”
because it can capture the essence of an idea or feeling through a gesture or
movement phrase. In this participatory workshop, elementary school teachers will
experience the interpretation of poetry through dance. Through improvisation and
choreography, participants will explore the images, metaphors, mood and meaning
of poetry from a variety of cultures.
7. The Dance of Numbers: Teaching
Mathematics through Movement
You can use creative movement to help your
students construct a concrete experience of abstract mathematical operations.
This hands-on workshop equips you with simple, engaging movement and dance
activities to teach the concepts of multiplication and division, to drill
multiplication tables, to practice multi-step multiplication, to experience
common factors, and to unlock the secret of mixed fractions through rhythm and
choreography. You'll even learn an order-of-operations square dance for
8. Embodying Art: Entering the Visual Arts through Creative Movement (K-4)
Children love to move, yet they can often become timid with space and motion as
they paint and draw. This participatory workshop will introduce art teachers to
accessible movement-based teaching strategies to help children learn about
color, line and form. Channel disruptive fidgeting into constructive learning
that engages students and brings joy to the classroom.
Activities will include:
The Great Blueness by Arnold Lobel (color and mood), and Little Green by
Keith Baker (line)
Action poses and moving group body sculptures
Tableau to represent art concepts and "climb inside" well-known paintings
A shadow screen
Creating a color wheel "square dance"