While traditional classroom culture leans hard on a sedentary lecture style of learning, this norm is *thankfully* grossly out of date. Fortunately, educational culture is starting to recognize that all learners are not created equal, and that all learning styles are not, “one size fits all.” This is especially true for our kinesthetic learners, who have in the past been mislabeled as, “uninterested”, “busy”, or even labeled as “dyslexic, ADD, and/or ADHD,” … all based on their need to MOVE.
Kinesthetic learning is commonly thrown around to support learners who need to move, but what exactly is it?
Kinesthetic learning refers to whole body movement. This kind of tactile learning mandates that you handle or touch material to comprehend. These kinds of learners tend to be extremely coordinated, have an excellent physical memory, but most importantly are not auditory, still learners. In short, they learn best when they can use all five senses. The best classroom methods for these students include movement breaks, role play, hands on experimentation, writing, STEM, real life examples, field trips, and any other hands on approach to understand material. Based on this research, the question then arises… If we want what’s best for our students, why would we try and fight this hands on, mobile style of learning by forcing them to be still and sedentary?!
Here are some ways to help your kinesthetic learners get moving and learning with GoNoodle…
Bodyspell turns spelling practice into a full-body experience! Students use their bodies to create shapes of letters to review spelling words. Bodyspell is infinitely customizable, allowing you to create your own lists of spelling words based on the practice your students need. On the flipside, you can choose from 40 grade-specific lists (K-5), meant for play in sequence according to the Common Core standards.
2. Word Jam
Students use their bodies to act out the definitions of built-in vocabulary words, or you can add your own lists of words and come up with your own movements for a totally customized experience.
3. Freeze It
Think a mix between a dance party and flash cards! Students use their bodies to act out the definitions of built-in vocabulary words, or you can add your own lists of words and come up with your own movements for a totally customized experience
Students will run a virtual marathon (desk-side, of course) as they practice their math facts and build fluency. Mega Math Marathon contains grade-specific categories with more than 5,500 math questions! All questions were built on Common Core Standards and designed to develop mental math skills in the foundational concepts kids need most.
Students are transported to a virtual gym where crazy Coach Terry leads you through exercises and questions. Choose from a list of health topics to practice, or play Ultimate Champ Training with custom questions to to practice science, math, ELA, or any other subject.
All five of these games are exclusive to GoNoodle Plus and are excellent for kinesthetic learning because they require wiggling, tapping, swinging, bouncing, sense of touch…whole body movement. Want to learn more? Visit https://app.gonoodle.com/gonoodle-plus . Or do you have other GoNoodle videos your kinesthetic students excel using? We’d love to hear!