ERIC Number: ED412199
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
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Can Adding Movement to Learning Improve the Classroom Environment?
Templeton, Rosalyn Anstine; Jensen, Rita A.
Brain Gym is an educational curriculum that promotes whole brain learning through movement repatterning to improve students performance and attitudes about the learning process. This study of Brain Gym in relation to classroom climate and academic performance was conducted with 28 fourth-grade students in a midwestern urban parochial school. Participants were in a class taught in a traditional way by a traditional teacher who considered Brain Gym an interruption in her scheduled class activities. Findings indicated that students preferred more satisfaction and cohesiveness than they actually perceived in their classroom, both before and after the study, as well as less friction and competitiveness. The majority of students' grades stayed the same or declined in all subjects but English and spelling. However, in English and spelling, the majority of students received higher grades at the conclusion of the 9-week grading period than they received for the previous grading period. Study results suggested: (1) Brain Gym not only allowed students to move, but enabled them to feel a sense of hope and to make choices in their classroom; (2) teacher beliefs and attitudes about teaching and learning informed the results of the Brain Gym project; and (3) for school reform projects to succeed, consideration must be given to how they are initiated and implemented and to the effect they have on individuals. (Contains 29 references.) (ND)
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