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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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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