What is Kinesthetic Learning?
How does movement help the learning process?
How can you incorporate this type of active learning into your science class?

What is Kinesthetic Learning?

Kinesthetic learning is a learning style in which learning takes place by the student actually carrying out a physical activity, rather than listening to a lecture or merely watching a demonstration. It is also referred to as tactile learning. People with a kinesthetic learning style are also commonly known as do-ers.
According to Fleming's VARK model (sometimes VAK), which is one of the most common and widely-used categorizations of the various types of learning styles[1] the various types of learning styles can be categorized as follows:
  1. visual learners;
  2. auditory learners;
  3. reading/writing-preference learners;
  4. kinesthetic learners or tactile learners[2]
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kinesthetic_learning)

How does movement enhance the learning process?

· It’s the best available manager of state (attention spans/mood management)
· Enhances brain function
· Increased circulation
· Enhances episodic memory (movement and humour creates memories)
· Provides a break from learning (use a movement games – tapping game, DNA hand shapes)
· Refocuses attention (novelty factor)
· It changes the brain chemically
· Reduces sitting time
· Can stimulate neurogenesis (prolonged aerobic activity)
· Provides opportunity for implicit learning
· Provides a motivational framework for learning
Lengel, T. & Kuczala, M. (2010). The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning through Movement. Corwin Press: Thousand Oaks, CA
How can you incorporate this type of active learning into your science class?