Kinesthetic Furniture and flexible seating are leading the way to a new age of learning to optimize student performance. Traci Lengel, best-selling author, and Jenna Evans, classroom educational specialist, team up to combine over forty years of experience to deliver this detailed instructional guide for implementing alternative furniture into learning environments for students of all ages and abilities. This book provides suggestions for programs that are just getting started to ones that are ready to progress to the next level with minimal to considerable furniture choices. In this guide you will find:
Abundant research that supports this innovative direction
Ideas for acquiring furniture including classroom set-up and designs
Helpful hints for transitioning students and redefining the learning space
Strategies and techniques for classroom management regarding safety, usage, and organization
Recommendations for classroom applications and practices
This book introduces the concept of “Teaching with Pride” while utilizing Kinesthetic Furniture to: build community connections, refocus and develop the brain/body, increase academic achievement and enhance student’s physical well-being. This comprehensive resource is a must-have for those who are ready to redesign the modern-day classroom while taking learning to the next level!
Brain research supports the link of movement to learning. Experts are saying that physical activity boosts brain function. Thinking on Your Feet has over 200 lesson plans using kinesthetic teaching strategies to teach academic concepts in reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. The lessons are organized according to Gardner's Multiple Intelligences, basic brain concepts, and national standards in each of the major subject areas. The advocacy information included supports the need for daily quality physical education in our schools. Brain research information and brain game activities give the teacher the basis of how to put learning into action in the gymnasium or classroom with students thinking on their feet!