ERIC Number: ED268521
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: 0
Using Visualization and Relaxation in Learning Basic Skills.
Hill, Charles H.
Educators are beginning to call attention to the failure to integrate right-brain, intuitive, holistic, visual processes into the curriculum. Approaches to right-brain education have characteristically called for the use of slow music, visual imagery, and relaxation techniques. Suggested principles for teaching basic skills include the facts that some learning best takes place when both the teacher and the children are relaxed, and that if the expected learning can be visualized inside the student's head, it will be better understood and retained. There are a variety of techniques to help students achieve a relaxed state, and a variety of techniques to help students become accustomed to visualizing in their minds. Suggested basic skills activities following relaxation include having the student visualize a blackboard and see each word appear as the teacher recites it or working multiplication problems on this imaginary blackboard as the teacher reads them; having students imagine themselves taking a test and being proud as they see themselves getting the answers correct and others telling them how well they did; and having students imagine what happened in a paragraph they just read from a reader or textbook, paying attention to what the people looked like or to the order in which events occurred. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (14th, San Antonio, TX, January 30-February 1, 1986).