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Fusing Critical Thinking with Kinesthetic Learning

There was a time when teacher-centered learning, or “sit and get,” was the classroom norm: the teacher would stand in front of the classroom lecturing, hoping students were “getting” something out of the lesson.

But many seasoned teachers and administrators will tell you (with research to back it up), that they prefer a more student-centered approach in the classroom. It has been said, “Learning is more effective when it is an active rather than a passive process,” and I couldn’t agree more.

What You’ll Learn

This article features 4 highly effective classroom strategies that fuse critical thinking with kinesthetic learning. Each strategy is designed to spur dialogue, get the oxygen pumping and make the lessons much more dynamic. Struggling learners in particular can benefit from these strategies, as they can become frustrated and restless during challenging lessons.

  1. Four Corners
  2. Consensogram
  3. Vocabulary Building
  4. Human Continuum

Any of these strategies can be applied to a variety of subjects including music, math, arts, science and English language arts.

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Get students out of their seats to learn while moving and interacting with peers. This approach shifts the classroom from a teacher-centered environment to a more engaging student-centered experience. Share this article with your colleagues or PLC!

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