The solution for the "sitness" society: The Kinesthetic Classroom

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author: Mikel Bringas, 

I’ve just read Traci Lengel and Mike Kuczala's book The Kinesthetic Classroom and I think it is worth sharing some comments.

The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning Through Movement is a resource that provides all teachers, in every content area and grade level, with a quick means to finding information and ideas on how to implement movement in the classroom to enhance the teaching and learning process. It supports the notion of educating the child as a whole. The suggested activities all provide opportunity for students to grow cognitively, socially, mentally, emotionally, and physically. Six distinct purposes for using movement in the classroom will be shared. The sequential steps in this framework known as movement with purpose are listed next:

  • Preparing the brain
  • Providing brain breaks
  • Supporting exercise and fitness
  • Developing class cohesion
  • Reviewing content
  • Teaching content

The information in the book is distributed in 10 perfectly ordered chapters; I am struck by how well theoretical knowledge and its practical application intermingle. Likewise, I also appreciate that the information is so understandable, with a very clear introduction and final summary of each chapter. The last chapter finishes up the message of the book, and shows us that both at the beginning and at the end of our lives, the most important aspects of development are the same: cognitive, social, and psychomotor. Therefore, all three should be important in education.

As a result, this book is not only useful for teachers, but for all people, since today's society is defined as: “new sedentary society of sitness, not fitness!”.