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Kinesthetic Tools and Activities

Kinesthetic Tools and Activities



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Published by mawillia
This book is a guide to creating and using Kinesthetic Tools & Activities in teaching any subject, any grade, any age.
This book is a guide to creating and using Kinesthetic Tools & Activities in teaching any subject, any grade, any age.

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Published by: mawillia on Jun 02, 2009
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Kinesthetic Learning Tools forKinesthetic Teaching Activities
 by Marian H. Williams, Ph.D.
Kinesthetic Learning Tools-2007-Semester 071
1Copyright, 2007
Dear Educator;
One of the first books that I remember “loving” was Miss Fran-cis’ Ding Dong School Activity Book. It accompanied her TV showand the book was filled with “do-it-yourself” activities that could bemade from things found around the house to create learning activi-ties. I suppose that was the beginning of my passion and love ofkinesthetic learning!Now, every time I walk in a discount store, auto supply store,hardware store, or garage sale, I’m looking and thinking-“Howcould I use that to teach?” It is amazing the number of everydayitems that are not meant to be “teaching tools” that make excellentitems for teaching concepts in the classroom.My research into this topic has confirmed my own beliefs in the power of kinesthetic and active learning-it is beingused across all age levels and all subject areas. My research has also confirmed my fears that, generally, there is a lackof creativity amongst most educators and a lack of “trust” in their own ability to pull off a “silly” or fun activity in theirclassroom while maintaining their sense of dignity and credibility.I have found that from adults to children, we all want to learn, but we also want to have fun and to be entertained.Teaching is an art-form, to which we must “give in to” with all the gusto and passion that we can evoke. It is an awe-some responsibility, but the thrill and reward of “waking up” a brain to learning is well worth the risks of looking silly byplaying a game to present a concept.I hope that by reading this book, you too, can get excited about thinking of a new way to use spaghetti, or swim-ming noodles, or a shower curtain in your classroom.Good luck, be brave and have fun!Marian H. Williams, Ph.D.
Kinesthetic Learning Tools-2007-Semester 071
2Copyright, 2007
Oh to be childlike in our learning!
"The child is curious. He wants to make sense out of things, find out how things work, gain competence and con-trol over himself and his environment, and do what he can see other people doing. He is open, perceptive, andexperimental. He does not merely observe the world around him, he does not shut himself off from the strange,complicated world around him, but tastes it, touches it, hefts it, bends it, breaks it. To find out how reality works,he works on it. He is bold. He is not afraid of making mistakes. And he is patient. He can tolerate an extraordinaryamount of uncertainty, confusion, ignorance, and suspense."
—John Holt, How Children Learn(Holt, 1991)
I hope that this book will:
Give you an understanding of the power of kinesthetic learningCreate, in you, a passion for teaching for real learningInspire you to try new ideas and strategies in your classroomGive you courage to try those new ideas and strategiesMake you think outside the box on “what” a learning tool is,looks like, and what it can be used forGive you the license to have fun in the classroomUnleash your creativity in designing new KLTs and KLAsHelp you to see through new eyes-when you look at a simpleitem –think, how could I use this to teach?Empower you to embrace the physicality of learning
Kinesthetic Learning Tools-2007-Semester 071
3Copyright, 2007

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