Graduation Year

2011

Location

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

9-4-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

9-4-2011 10:00 AM

Description

This inquiry took place during my student teaching experience. While student teaching, I explored the use of movement and hands-on experiences throughout the curriculum as a way to effectively engage second graders in learning. I designed and taught lessons incorporating movement, utilized movement breaks, and added movement to classroom transitions in order to answer my research questions of: how can I effectively incorporate movement and hands-on learning into lessons and daily routines; and what impact will incorporating movement and hands-on experiences into the classroom have on student learning? I conclude that movement positively impacts student learning academically, physically, socially, and emotionally. I discovered that the most successful use of movement in the classroom is the natural integration of movement into content area lessons. Movement helps meet the needs of diverse students, increases daily activity for children, and fosters excitement for learning.

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Impact of Incorporating Movement and Hands-On Experiences on Student Learning

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

This inquiry took place during my student teaching experience. While student teaching, I explored the use of movement and hands-on experiences throughout the curriculum as a way to effectively engage second graders in learning. I designed and taught lessons incorporating movement, utilized movement breaks, and added movement to classroom transitions in order to answer my research questions of: how can I effectively incorporate movement and hands-on learning into lessons and daily routines; and what impact will incorporating movement and hands-on experiences into the classroom have on student learning? I conclude that movement positively impacts student learning academically, physically, socially, and emotionally. I discovered that the most successful use of movement in the classroom is the natural integration of movement into content area lessons. Movement helps meet the needs of diverse students, increases daily activity for children, and fosters excitement for learning.