Carla Hannaford presents the mounting scientific evidence that movement is crucial to learning. With real-life poignant examples, she exposes the effect of traditional educational practices that ignore this link. Smart Moves explores the many factors that contribute to the growing plague of learning disabilities: TV viewing, different foods, environmental factors, as well as the devastating effects of stress, and its consequent production of neurochemicals like cortisol that inhibit learning. Hannaford offers clear alternatives and remedies that people can put into practice right away to make a real difference in their ability to learn. She advocates more enlightened educational practices for homes and schools including: a more holistic view of each learner; less emphasis on rote learning; more experiential, active instruction; less labeling of learning disabilities; more physical movement; more personal expression through arts, sports and music; less prescribing of Ritalin and other drugs whose long term effects are not even known.
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Apr 19, Marcy prager rated it it was amazing Carla Hannaford is extremely scientific as she explains the "whys" of the difficulties students have as learners. She has helped many students activate their capacity for learning by having students participate in "movements" that will assist brain growth.
As a teacher reads to a child, children are totally engaged and listening. They are actively forming new nerve networks. They teach writing and reading from a holistic, gestalt processing format and then move to the details later, around age eight, when the logic hemisphere is ready to handle it.
Reading is not taught until age eight - and Denmark boasts one hundred-percent literacy. It has become so much more academic, leading to stress that directly impacts student learning. Next year, I am also going to ask parents to pack at least two bottles of water for children to sip.
When the water levels in the body are low A healthy body plays an essential role in all learning. Carla Hannaford has given me a lot to think about as I continue to teach children and do what is right for them. This is not an easy read, but it is a must read for parents and teachers.
Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head
In her book, Hannaford offers alternatives to enhance learning ability. Included in the list are: de-emphasizing rote learning; more experiential, active instruction; less labeling of learning disabilities; more physical movement; more personal expression through arts, sports and music; less prescribing of Ritalin and other drugs whose long-term effects are unknown. She also details the roles in learning played by various areas of the brain, and examines the interplay of brain, body, and environment. Hannaford is an advocate of movement and play in learning, discussing the importance of sensorimotor development visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic readiness to the learning process. She provides several case examples of children whose learning improved remarkably through use of the Brain Gym activities, as well as including her own research done with Brain Gym. She argues that ADD , ADHD , and all other learning problems are related to stress, as stress produces survival-oriented behavior while inhibiting the learning process.
Smart Moves : Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head