The Movement and Technology Balance: Classroom Strategies for Student Success
Publication Year: 2020
Educate students in mind and body—and optimize their success. There is no issue today that gets more attention and incites more debate than children’s use of technology. Technology offers exciting new opportunities and challenges to you and your students. Meanwhile, movement is essential to learning—it increases mental energy and helps brain cells develop. But screen time often comes at the expense of physical activity. How do you choose? You don’t! This blended instructional approach combines kinesthetic teaching methodologies with technological resources to meet content standards, increase achievement and test scores, and enrich the learning process. Here you’ll find • A neuroscientific overview of the powerful brain-body connection • Step-by-step instructions for balancing movement and the use of technology in the classroom • Practical tools, templates, and vignettes to ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: • An Undeniable Shift
- Chapter 2: • The Power of Movement
- Chapter 3: • The Technology Machine
- Chapter 4: • Making the MOST of It
- Chapter 5: • Structuring and Managing
- Chapter 6: • Transforming with A.A.A.
- Chapter 7: • Refining Movement and Technology
- Chapter 8: • Interconnecting Communities
- Chapter 9: • Defining the Balance
- Chapter 10: • Employing SMART Activities
- Chapter 11: • Supporting a United Approach
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Title: The movement and technology balance : classroom strategies for student success / Traci Lengel and Jenna Evans.
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For Hannah, who is my answered prayer. Your sweet soul is an example to me.
I love you more than you will ever know.—Jenna Evans
Have you struggled with the misuse or overuse of technology in your classroom? Have you wrestled with your students’ lack of movement and engagement? If so, you may have a solution in your hands right now.
As an evidence-based author, I have written over 30 books on student learning, and the majority of them share this message at least once: “Get students engaged! Move their bodies!” But how do you actually do that while at the same time teaching students who seem to like their devices more than movement, their peers, and even themselves?
The answer: Listen to these pros. The authors of The Movement and Technology Balance have artfully crafted the what, how, and why in each chapter. That’s what I love most about this book: While you can feel the enthusiasm of the authors, the why you might care and the how to take action are clearly evident in every chapter.
Traci and Jenna thoughtfully walk you through the most commonly held assumptions about technology. You’ll get deep, personal questions and practical suggestions that will save you from one to three hours a day. That’s the kind of real-world impact I like!
Just as importantly, you’ll get movement strategies, mindsets, and tools that you can use with little or no practice. You’ll also discover the evidence that blows away every single excuse not to incorporate daily movement with your students.
Reading this book is vital. It’s more than just research and practical applications. It is your resource for rethinking sloppy habits, making better curriculum and engagement decisions, and becoming a far better educator.
We all know that technology is not going away. We also know that physical activity is more than a good idea; it is a core part of health, brain function, and vitality. If you’ve ever wondered, “How on earth am I ever going to do my job, juggling engagement with technology?” the solution is between these pages. Jump in and start reading!
Acknowledgments[Page xi]A Sincere Thank You to the Following People
Jessica Allan for believing in us right from the beginning. We can’t thank you enough!
- Eric Jensen for his positive energy and professional leadership and for writing the foreword.
- Rose Minniti, Mike Kuczala, and Jean Blaydes Moize for their professionalism, support, and encouragement.
- Mia Rodriguez and Lucas Schleicher for creating a welcoming “team approach.”
- All the supporters of ActivEDge.
- Ed Pinney and the Kidsfit team for believing in us and helping us to grow.
- Our loving families for their endless support, dedication, and commitment.
- Our dear friends for their never-ending encouragement and loyalty.
- Nicole Januik, Kristen Spratford, Sarah Young, Melissa Lavell, Amy Crowe, and Mindi Andreski for always cheering us on.
- Mike Kuczala for allowing us to incorporate some teaching activities from The Kinesthetic Classroom.
- Tara Murphy and Dorca Serrano for their editing and feedback.
- Our spirited elementary students, who have helped to shape, develop, and strengthen our teaching philosophies.
- Our innovative colleagues for their brilliance, talents, and collaboration.
- Our open-minded graduate/undergraduate students who share their strengths and experiences while pushing themselves to grow and improve.
Corwin gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following reviewers:
- Gayla LeMay
- Waycross Middle School
- Waycross, GA
- Dr. Debbie Smith
- Elementary Numeracy Coach
- Beaufort Elementary
- Beaufort, SC
- Denise Traniello
- High School Teacher
- O’Bryant School of Math & Science
- Boston, MA[Page xii]
About the Authors
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