Hands-On Learning beyond Elementary School

From Branton Shearer, MIDAS Blog,  April 8, 2019

I want to share this interesting article from the ASCD Update newsletter with you because it nicely illustrates how to engage the kinesthetic intelligence to enhance learning in an important academic skill.

by Rachael Priore

Some people wonder how MI can be applied beyond elementary school when learning becomes more academic and textbook based. This is especially so for students in English Language Arts (ELA) who struggle to maintain attention, engagement and retention of material.

“Hands-on, movement-based learning represents a shift in the traditional style of learning in an ELA classroom, but from my experience, it is a shift that benefits all learners – not just those who struggle… weave multimodal learning into the instructional methods of your classroom.”

Priore offers several practical tips for activating more than the linguistic intelligence in the ELA classroom:

  • Activate Prior Knowledge (4 Corners Activity, Find Somebody Who…)
  • Model Content and Skills
  • Moving and Reviewing (Centers, Gallery walks)
  • Beyond Written Assessments (Conferencing, Socratic seminars, Peer Teaching)

Activating the kinesthetic intelligence in middle and high school classes may sound intimidating at first but a little at first can mean a lot to students. As you see students’ engagement increase you can be more daring in your use of movement to connect your content with the power of kinesthetic learning.

ASCD Education Update December, 2018

www.ascd.org/publications/newsletters/education_update/dec18/vol60/num12/Hands-On_Learning_in_ELA.aspx .