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According to research by Eric Jensen, author of Teaching With the Brain in Mind, most neuroscientists believe that movement and cognition are powerfully connected. Students remember new material on a more long-term basis when movement is combined with the content. In this strategy, students will create physical movements to match information being taught, increasing the likelihood that students will retain the material for a longer period of time.
- Choose a video segment, no longer than five minutes, that is relevant to the current unit of study.
- As students are watching the video, have them take notes on the content, pausing the video about every 60 seconds, or where there are natural breaks.
- Consider allowing students to watch the video more than once, in order to ensure that they find the most important information.
- After students have watched the video, have them work in groups of three or four, comparing notes on the highlights of the video.
- Have students create movements to match the content. (You may or may not need music.) Students can narrate their movement as they are moving through it.
- Have students record their performances and publish them on a global platform.
- Have students teach each other their movements and produce a longer performance, based on their creations.
- Use the movements students create to review for an end of unit assessment.