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 ensure successful implementation • Classroom management tactics and useful remedies for common problems Educating the whole child means promoting social, physical, mental, emotional, and cognitive growth. By joining two powerful teaching tools, you’ll prepare students for a bright future—in school and in life—while growing your instructional expertise as well.
Chapter 5: Structuring and Managing
Structuring and Managing
Balancing movement and technology (MT) in any academic environment requires strategic planning and thinking ahead. It is important for movement and technology educators (MTEs) to create a classroom space conducive to movement while being careful of the expensive technology within it, all while working within a limited classroom size. Students must be able to move freely and efficiently around the room, with safety for other people and equipment at the forefront. Classroom setup is going to be an important factor in finding success in balancing movement and technology. A chaotic classroom will raise a variety of safety concerns and can be discouraging as you take on this new initiative. You will need to make some decisions up ...