​Does Physical Movement Help Students Understand Concepts?

GET IN TOUCH: Edtech doesn’t have to mean sitting still in front of a screen, says Annie Murphy Paul in The Hechinger Report. Advocates of the “embodied cognition” theory propose that we use senses and movement to learn, especially with seemingly abstract, difficult to visualize concepts, like gravity or magnetic fields. Much like how we use physical metaphors to comprehend abstract ideas, like “counting down to zero” or “balancing opposing views,” associating academic concepts with physical movement can help students more thoroughly understand ideas. So whether you’re teaching gravitational pull using a Wii or presidential rhetoric as your students impersonate Lincoln in Civilization, take a step outside of the classroom and start learning.

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