The Link Between Mind and Movement

Grade7-3Did you know that the cerebellum processes both movement and learning? There is a growing body of research in education and neuroscience about the link between learning and movement. Much of what is reported is about the influence of regular exercise on brain functioning and development. But the research goes beyond the importance of recess to boost academics.

Educator, Kathryn Kindrat’s blog, Movement and Learning, has compiled research about the physical changes from exercise that boost cognition, such as the increase in blood flow, brain mass, and neuron development. But she also points to studies showing that children who performed “learning activities with movement [had] higher academic achievements.”

As this article, Darwin’s Thinking Path, by Robert Dilts (published by NLP University, 1996 ) explains, many disciplines such as Feldenkrais or Tai Chi, explore the relationship between movement and mind.  The idea being that the body is not simply a “mechanical shell” but rather a system or a means of both “representing and processing information.”

MaryJoWaldorf Education has taught children through movement for over a century. This Friday, Spring Garden parents have a unique opportunity to learn more about this relationship between mind and movement by attending a special presentation by Waldorf Educator Mary Jo Oresti.

Mary Jo has been teaching children and guiding teachers in Waldorf education for over 30 years. She is a founding member of the Association for a Healing Education and has directed their Education Support Program since the mid-1980s. She has initiated publications and workshops to support schools and has been a guest speaker on the subject of Educational Support in many conferences and workshops.

Join us this Friday, October 4, 2013, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. here at SGWS to learn how Waldorf Education uses movement to help students learn.


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