Research Support for Developing Teachers' and Students' Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligences

Dr. Sara K. Schneider

Kinesthetic, or body-based, teaching methods have the potential to reach substantial populations that do not necessarily test well verbally, particularly students with special needs. For all students K-12, they are both a way to represent curricular content and a widely accessible means to cultivate critical thinking skills. Not only that, they’re fun to incorporate—often teaching to social and emotional intelligence standards as well. Relatively simply, kinesthetic strategies have the power to compel individual and whole-class attention and energy levels and mental states, and can serve as mnemonic devices. A school-based program, “Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligences: Helping All Students Use Their ‘Thinking Shoes’ Across the Curriculum,” readies teachers to use these methods skillfully to focus, unify, calm, and energize students and to reach those for whom kinesthetic intelligence is a strength. It supports them as they design and model instructional activities grounded in kinesthetic learning principles. See results from past implementations of this program.



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