Back to School Tools and Methods for Kinesthetic Learners

Some students can sit quietly at their desks while others
seem to struggle to stay in their seats. 
This later group of learners may annoy the teacher or their peers
by tapping their pencil, jogging their leg, fidgeting, leaning back in their
chairs and asking for repeated bathroom and water breaks.  Many of these students are kinesthetic
learners and having to sit still and listen to a lesson is an uncomfortable
battle that feels like trying to tie your shoes while in a straight jacket. 
What are Some Products that
can Help Kinesthetic Learners at their Desks?    

  1. Inflatable discs and wedges can offer your
    kinesthetic learners some movement while staying seated.  These products can be placed on any
    seat and they allow students to move their hips and develop core muscles (see below for product link).
  2. Safeco, a furniture company, just came out with
    the Zenergy Ball Chair for older students and the Runtz for younger
    students.  Both of these products
    offer four stable legs with an upholstery covered exercise ball.  Unlike swivel chairs, that allow
    students to spin away from their work, this product allows students to have
    short bouncing breaks while attending to their work.  Again, this product develops core support as students
    must balance on their chair.  Likewise, Abilitations Integrations offers an inflatable Six-Leg Ball chair that offers a little bit more mobility (see below for product links).  
  3. Visual Ed Tech now offers an adjustable desk
    that allows students the option of standing at their desk or sitting on a high
    stool.  In addition, under the desk
    is an attached swinging foot rest which allow students to expend excess energy
    while working at their desk.  If you would like to see a video on this technology click here   

What are Some Teaching Methodologies that can Help Kinesthetic Learners?
  1. Have pairs of students or a student and a
    teacher toss a ball or balloon back and forth while practicing new material.
  2. Break instruction into short lessons and offer kinesthetic, brain breaks.  If you
    are searching for some energizing brain break ideas, consider purchasing David
    Sladkey’s Energizing Brain Breaks (see below for product link).
  3. Integrate movement into lessons.  For example, when teaching the adding
    and subtracting of integers, place numbers on a stair case and explain that when
    adding you go up the stairs and when subtracting you go down the stairs.  Give the students problems and allow
    them to solve them by traveling up and down the stairs.
  4. Create a place in the back of the classroom
    where kinesthetic learners can exercise their need to move. 

I hope you found these ideas helpful.  If you have any of your own ideas that
you would like to share, please post them below this blog.
Cheers, Erica

Dr. Erica Warren is the author, illustrator and publisher of multisensory educational materials at Good Sensory Learning and Dyslexia Materials.  She is also the director of Learning to Learn, in Ossining, NY.  To learn more about her products and services, you can go to www.goodsensorylearning.comwww.dyslexiamaterials.com & www.learningtolearn.biz  

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