By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
Northeast Mississippi teachers will have an opportunity to jump into a moving classroom in July.
Author and educator Mike Kuczala will offer a session on the Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning through Movement from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 17 at HealthWorks! Children’s Health Education Center in Tupelo.
July 1 is the deadline to register for the class, which counts toward continuing education credits.
With his colleagues, Kuczala has taken the research and theory on brain function and turned it into practical classroom exercises that can be used to effectively teach across the curriculum. Workshop participants will want to dress to learn, because Kuczala will have them putting theory into practice.
“The brain’s preferred way to learn is implicit learning,” which harnesses emotion and movement, said Kuczala, who has worked with 20 Mississippi school districts through Bower Foundation and Mississippi Department of Education programs.
Lectures deliver material explicitly, which is why we never forget how to ride a bike, but have trouble remembering the first 10 presidents much past the test.
“We are brain-body creatures,” Kuczala said.
Elementary teachers probably use the Kinesthetic Classroom techniques the most frequently, but secondary teachers tell him the brain breaks and classroom cohesion exercises are very valuable. Classroom cohesion exercises can help relationship building, too.
“It’s much more than brain breaks,” Kuczala said.
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