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 8: Interconnecting Communities
What Matters Most
Our brain is strongly connected to our bodies and is constantly working to prioritize matters. The brain processes sensory input into three states: survival, emotional, and executive (Bailey, n.d.). Safety and survival needs are ranked as the number-one priority to the brain—for example, if a student is tired, is hungry, or feels unsafe in the classroom, then this will be what the student’s brain is focused on. The second priority to the brain is the social/emotional state of the learner. Emotional states govern our thoughts and behaviors and connect the mind and body. The last priority is the executive state. This is the state in which problem solving and learning can occur. Notice that the emotional state of ...