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Math & Movement Partners with Active Schools

Math & Movement Partners with Active Schools

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Math & Movement Partners with Active Schools Math & Movement has recently partnered with Active Schools, an organization dedicated to helping schools increase physical activity before, during, and after the school day. According to Active Schools, "Only 6 states require physical education in every grade. Only 20% of school districts require daily recess. 2 out of 3 kids today are inactive." The harsh reality of today's generation is that children are not getting as much physical activity as they need. Schools are struggling to provide opportunities to get kids active during school hours. Active Schools and Math & Movement believe adding exercise for students should be high on every school's to-do list, but understand the challenges they face in making it happen. Did you know that the Physical Activity Guidelines for…
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Cross-Body Movements

Cross-Body Movements

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Cross-Body Movements What are they and how can they help increase student focus and retention? Educators are always on the lookout for the perfect teaching tool that will help their students remember yesterday’s lesson, improve motor skills, stay focused, and help rein in their student’s energy. Cross-body movements are fun strategies to reach these goals. Cross-body movements engage both hemispheres of the brain. Many scientists like to think of the brain as a blender. In order to digest information, we blend it up. When both the left and right hemispheres are used, the easier it is to remember the digested information. One of the easiest ways to engage both hemispheres of the brain is to cross the midline in our bodies. Picture an imaginary line that runs from our nose to the floor.…
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Multi-Sensory Learning Creates Successful Students

Multi-Sensory Learning Creates Successful Students

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Students in classes with multi-sensory learning are 1.51 times more likely to succeed than students in traditional lecture-based classes. Studies show that students are more likely to have success in education when they are introduced to multi-sensory learning at a young age. Based on this research and our own findings, we know that kinesthetic, multi-sensory learning strengthens learning, improves memory, and enhances motivation! Strengthens Learning According to Eric Jensen in his book, Teaching with the Brain in Mind (2nd Edition), “Evidence from imaging sources, anatomical studies, and clinical data shows that moderate exercise enhances cognitive processing. It also increases the number of brain cells.”  In Syracuse, New York, interventionists helped pre-school students practice one-to-one correspondence and counting using multi-sensory cross-body exercises as well as the colorful floor mats. These students…
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Does Kinesthetic Learning Support English Language Learners?

Does Kinesthetic Learning Support English Language Learners?

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DOES KINESTHETIC LEARNING SUPPORT ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS? English Language Learners (ELL)/English as a Second Language (ESL) students are falling behind their classmates at an alarming rate. About 35% of ELL/ESL students are behind in math. Compared to their non-ELL/ESL counterparts, 47% are behind in reading (Fry 2003). This is a statistically significant percentage of students. Numbers like these cannot be ignored. The reasons for this gap are complex and varied. Many are very hard or even impossible to address by teachers alone. Fortunately, teachers do hold the key to one of the most effective ways to address the issue in the classroom: they can teach students the way they learn best. Studies show that when educators use tactile and kinesthetic methods, ELL/ESL students are successful and excited to learn. Research shows…
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The Cost of a Sedentary Lifestyle: Consequences of the Obesity Epidemic

The Cost of a Sedentary Lifestyle: Consequences of the Obesity Epidemic

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Why Is the Obesity Epidemic in Our Schools Not Going Anywhere? How does the average American child spend their day? Are they outside playing tag and swinging on the monkey bars for hours? Or are they playing the latest computer and video games all night? A recent study by the journal Health Affairs finds that fewer than one in three American children get enough exercise every week. Unfortunately, if they don't become more active, more than eight million will be obese by their 18th birthdays. When children are not encouraged to eat healthy foods and be active, they may be more at risk for childhood obesity. Furthermore, the implications go beyond childhood, extending to high risk for major health issues and costly medical bills. Therefore, the obesity epidemic is an…
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How Finland uses Play-Based Learning to Stay at the Top of the Rankings of the World’s Best Education Systems

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How Finland uses Play-Based Learning to Stay at the Top of the Rankings of the World’s Best Education Systems How did the US and Finland get their ranking on their education system?The World Top 20 Education Poll rates the top 20 countries (out of 200 for which data is tracked) on a quarterly basis using different criteria each quarter. The most recent (2018) third-quarter poll measures and compares early childhood enrollment rates; test scores in math, science, and reading for lower and upper primary students; and high school and college graduation rates. According to the World Top 20 Education Poll, Finland shines at #2 while the United States lags behind at #16. Repeatedly, Finland outshines the United States in test scores in math, science, and reading. Finland's high school and…
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Why Do Your Students Say They Are Bad At Math?

Why Do Your Students Say They Are Bad At Math?

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WHY DO YOUR STUDENTS SAY THEY ARE BAD AT MATH? The Short Answer: They’re scared. I am terrified of skydiving; can I expect to ever be good at it? Of course - if you push through the fear and practice, you can be good at most things. But “It is human nature for people to spend more time doing the things they enjoy. People embrace things they are good at. If students "do not understand" mathematics, they will lose confidence and avoid math whenever possible” (Piper). This usually starts when students take their first math class. If they did not understand the way math was taught, it causes them to do poorly and avoid it altogether. This avoidance can limit student confidence and competence in math and their phobia gets renamed…
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10 Valuable Tips that Help Every New Teacher Develop and Grow

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10 VALUABLE TIPS THAT HELP EVERY NEW TEACHER DEVELOP AND GROW Nationally, 12 percent of all public school teachers are in their first or second year of teaching, according to U.S. Department of Education's office for civil rights. In some states, it is even more than 15 percent. This means many teachers are in their own learning process while also teaching our nation’s children. Teaching is a lot about practice and reflection on action. As true in all vocations, good teachers are constantly asking how they can improve their teaching to better help their students. Many new teachers are starting with a blank page which is exciting and full of potential, but also intimidating. There is no one way to be “a great teacher.” But there are a few things…
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Exciting Ways to Keep Kids Practicing Math This Summer

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EXCITING WAYS TO KEEP KIDSPRACTICING MATH THIS SUMMERThe problem with summerOften when kids think of summer, they don’t think about math. Instead, they are running around outside chasing the ice cream truck or inside spending hours on end playing video games. What's wrong with this picture? Sadly, when kids aren’t in school they aren’t learning and they can lose some of what they gained during the school year. Especially when it comes to math, students are losing a lot of valuable knowledge. The “summer slide,” learning loss, or setback is when many students, especially those from historically disadvantaged groups, start the school year with achievement levels lower than where they were at the beginning of summer break. Research shows student achievement scores decline over summer vacation by one month’s worth…
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Physical Activity: The Root of Learning Through Leisure in Education

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PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: THE ROOT OF LEARNING THROUGH LEISURE   A Classical Perspective on Kinesthetic Learning Education is the key. Our education starts at school where we prepare for what’s to come by learning what we need to know. The ancient Greeks saw learning as important for the progression of society and the development of good citizens. Schooling today has lost sight of activity in education, a factor that the Greeks were first to highlight in their philosophies. The Root of “School” The modern word “school” means “a place to learn from teachers” and comes directly from the Latin word schola. The Greek “school,” however, meant “leisure” or “that in which leisure is employed.” Since “school” was synonymous with “leisure,” the origins of the “school” were grounded in the idea of comfort…
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