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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

  • Eric Jensen - Jensen Learning, San Diego, CA, Centre for Women's Research, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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

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Eric P. Jensen

Eric Jensen is a former teacher and current member of the Society for Neuroscience and New York Academy of Sciences. He has taught at all levels, from elementary through university level and is currently completing his PhD in human development. In 1981, Jensen cofounded SuperCamp, the nation’s first and largest brain-compatible learning program, now with over 50,000 graduates. He has since written Teaching with the Brain in Mind, Brain-Based Learning, Deeper Learning, Arts with the Brain in Mind, Enriching the Brain, and 21 other books on learning and the brain. A leader in the brain-based movement, Jensen has made over 45 visits to... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781890460075