Instructional Openings

Kinesthetic Student Demo

Anytime I can bring a student up for a demonstration it usually captures the other students' attention much more than I do. Having a physical connection can help with internalizing the mathematics.

Strategy Resources (2)
Strategy Explanation
This is a brief article supporting the power of physical movement in teaching and learning.
Strategy Explanation
This is a brief article supporting the power of physical movement in teaching and learning.
Aaron Kaswell
Middle School 88 Peter Rouget
Brooklyn, NY


About this strategy

Prep Time:
Sixth grade, Seventh grade, Eighth grade
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