Kinesthetic learning is learning that takes place while the student engages in a physical activity.
Kinesthetic learning seems easier to incorporate in the learning of younger children but it is still vital to many older learners. Adding hands-on activities will enhance any lesson.
Many adults or older students still need to have motion added to their learning – this can take unexpected forms. Motion can be added with gum chewing, pencil tapping, doodling, leg bouncing, walking, note taking, highlighting, role playing, or typing. Kinesthetic learners need activity breaks. Unfortunately, many times the need for activity and motion is treated as misbehaviour.
“Children enter kindergarten as kinesthetic and tactual learners, moving and touching everything as they learn. By second or third grade, some students have become visual learners. During the late elementary years some students, primarily females, become auditory learners. Yet, many adults, especially males, maintain kinesthetic and tactual strengths throughout their lives.”(Teaching Secondary Students Through Their Individual Learning Styles, Rita Stafford and Kenneth J. Dunn; Allyn and Bacon, 1993)
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