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 10: Employing SMART Activities
Employing SMART Activities
The Mental/Emotional Learning State
Our mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, all of which are directly and indirectly affected in educational environments. We need our emotions for thinking, problem solving, focusing, and paying attention. The most important thing to students is that their fundamental survival needs are being met. The brain prioritizes these basic requirements first. The second most important interest to the brain is the emotional state of the learner. We are neurologically wired, and in order to learn academic content optimally, the mind must be focused and the emotions must feel grounded and balanced. It is imperative for students to have a sense of emotional regulation in your classroom so they can remember, transfer, and ...