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ERIC Number: EJ1058243
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-2368-4526
Moving (Literally) to Engage Students: Putting the (Physically) Active in Active Learning
Strean, William B.
Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, v3 p33-37 2010
This paper explores a variety of practices and classroom activities that engage the whole student. Grounded in a somatic perspective (from "soma" meaning the body in its wholeness--the integration of thinking, feeling, and acting), the discussion shows how students can be brought fully into learning through movement, music, and interaction. Examples include: "The Leaders Body: Moving to the Next Level," which incorporates postures, moving to selected music clips, and working in small groups to learn about five dispositions of the body (determination, openness, flexibility, stability, and centre); "Finding Flow," which includes an experiential process in groups of five that brings alive the spectrum from boredom to optimal experience to anxiety; and "Building a Humour Body," which is based on both Reich's (1960) notions about armoring and the chakra system.
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Language: English
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