Based on classroom experience, this easy to read book is perfect for the busy teacher who wants to laugh while learning the quickest way to incorporate kinesthetic learning and movement in the classroom. She infuses humor while providing simple and quick examples that can make anyone feel successful! Experience lessons learned in the first kinesthetic classroom in the nation. Author Stacey Shoecraft's goal is to change today’s classroom into one that incorporates movement to enhance learning for all students.
Stacey is an Action Based Learning Certified Trainer, with the first kinesthetic classroom in the nation. Her goal is to change today’s classroom into one that incorporates movement to enhance learning for all students. She will make this happen by donating 10% of the profits from this book for other classrooms. Fifth grade math and science teacher by day, she is a presenter and shares her passion for kinesthetic learning with other s during the summer. Stacey was nominated for the Mark Cobb Award for Change in 2014 and was Pinckney Elementary Teacher of the Year 2013. A self-professed nerd, she loves taking college classes and has earned her Masters+30. Considering the fact Stacey was the stereotypical daydreamer in class makes this quite an accomplishment for someone who didn’t think they were smart enough to be a teacher. When she is not talking about kinesthetic learning, you can find her running (slowly) or riding bikes (faster) with her husband. Her love language is quality time and there is no time better spent than with her family, eating amazing dinners with a glass of grape or two. Contact her: Twitter @StaceyShoecraft Facebook Stacey Schmick Shoecraft
Although there is plenty of information to prove movement does work, people still want to know if I have seen a difference. Of course I have! I wouldn't beat this metaphorical drum if I didn't believe it to be true. Pretty amazing and exciting to be a part of this study.
Teaching Through Movement
People take balance for granted but really don't understand the importance of it, or how a lack of balance affects the ability to focus. In my class this year it was evident from the pre test that the lack of balance would go hand-in-hand with the inability to focus. Students using the kinesthetic tables, as well as the wobble cushions at their seat, helped students improve balance over the course of the school year. So what does this mean? I have seen such a change in these students throughout the past nine months and it has been quite a year! Talk about a group to use to prove this! The students time on task improved and they were more engaged with their lessons. There is even more good news...their balance improved too! Was this true in their other classes? Sadly, no but that is actually good news for me. In classes where students were expected to sit in a traditional desk and still allowed to have a "brain blast", it wasn't as significant as using the tables.