Learning from teachers how to teach learners is quite a meta task. Today in P.E. class we learned both in active and passive ways. We got up on our feet to embody the task progression model, and then we also reviewed it on a handout while seated around the projector. It’s it truly remarkable how much better I understood and will remeber the task progression model from actively doing it, rather than listening and reading about it.
One of this week’s guided questions is, “What is the value of embodied learning? Why is an active curriculum useful or neccessary?” Today was an example to me of the effectiveness of embodied learning. We learn from doing, and often doing requires moving. I think there’s more to it than that as well. When sitting all day, I become sleepy, and start to shut down, and don’t feel so good. Physical activity wakes me up, gets the blood flowing to my brain, and allows me to take in more oxygen. I am more focused, and have more fun. It is neccessary that students get to experience the power of activity, and see how it effects every other part of their life. I can do better in my other classes when I have moved before hand. Moreover, I think every subject could benefit from incorporating daily physical activity, even if that means using active desks, like treadmill and standing desks. Here’s an article that outlines some of the scientifically proven benefits of these devices: http://www.fastcodesign.com/3045217/evidence/everything-science-knows-right-now-about-standing-desks