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Learning With the Body in Mind

Learning With the Body in Mind
The Scientific Basis for Energizers, Movement, Play, Games, and Physical Education

February 2000 | 136 pages | Corwin
Capitalize on the high energy that is natural to young learners!

Research suggests that movement activities are an integral part of the learning process. From role plays to relays, learning is better activated when the body gets involved. Whether you're a primary school teacher or a secondary maths teacher, you'll discover how to use movement to increase intrinsic motivation, improve attitudes, strengthen memory, and boost achievement in your classroom. This highly readable book offers a valuable compendium of practical strategies backed by clinical and classroom research for engaging students at all levels.

A Note About the Research
1. The Nature of Implicit Learning
To Understand It Is to Love It

Ten Reasons for Increasing Implict Learning

More Ways to Remember

Take the Long View of Play

2. The Moving Brain
Movement: The Choreography of Systems

How Our Sytems Are Activated

Our Key Biological Systems

Interaction Patterns

3. Indoor Games
What the Science Says

"Chair-Man" of the Bored

Perceptual-Motor/Cognition Enhancement

Movement's Impact on Learning

Waking Up the Brain

Sensory Integration

Emotional Expression

Change of Body, Change of Mind

The Binding Solution

Settling Time

Too Much, Too Fast, Won't Last

Meaning Making Is State-Dependent

Guidelines for Play

Indoor Movement Ideas

4. Performing Arts
What the Science Says


Social Skills Enchancement


Perceptual-Motor Enhancement



Emotional Intelligence


Performance Suggstions You Can Use Today

5. Outdoor Play and Recess
What the Science Says

Developing Social Skills

Mind-Body State Changes


Spinning Is Good for the Brain

Stress Reduction

When "Not Learning" Is Important


When Recess Isn't Working

Healthy Participation

Get Outside

Sick Buildings, Sick Learners

Motoring Up Motivation

Playful Ideas You Can Use Today

6. Exercise and Fitness
What the Science Says

New Cells, Better Brain


More Efficient Learning

Stress and Aggression

Grades and Test Scores

Perceptual-Motor Skills

Healthy Heart, Healthy Body


Improved Discipline

Practical Exercises You Can Use Today

7. Getting a Move On: Policy Implications
A Note to Policy Makers

A Note to Saff Developers

Where to Start

Quick Guide: 65 Alll-Time Best Learning Activators
Best Indoor Games

Best Outdoor Games

Brainy Energizers

Focusing the Brain

Brain-Based Resources
About the Author

Eric P. Jensen

Eric Jensen is a former teacher who grew up in San Diego, California. With a Ph.D. in Human Development, he synthesizes brain research and develops practical applications for educators.  He is listed among the top 30 educators in the world at Dr. Jensen has authored over 30 books, including Different Brains, Different Learners, Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain, Teaching with Poverty in Mind, Engaging Students with Poverty in Mind, and Poor Students Rich Students. Dr. Jensen co-founded an academic enrichment program held in 14 countries... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781890460075