Action-Packed Classrooms, K-5: Using Movement to Educate and Invigorate Learners

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Cathie Summerford
Corwin Press, Feb 24, 2009 - Education - 176 pages
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Use movement and music to stimulate children’s ability to absorb and retain new information!

Focusing on using movement and music to energize young students and boost their learning, this research-based book offers strategies for basic energizers, clear objectives for standards-aligned instruction, and a student/teacher/principal agreement to commit to active learning. Showing how exciting and fun learning can be, this new edition:

  • Includes new chapters on planning and organizing lessons
  • Offers sample activities in math, social studies, science, language arts, health, and physical education 
  • Provides tools for assessing the effectiveness of activities
  • Presents updated brain research
 

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Contents

Foreword
About the Author
Using Movement in the Classroom
About the Brain and Body
Generating Energy and Maintaining Attention
Integrating Movement and Academics
Subject Matter Template Games
Physical Education for Classroom Teachers
Organizing ActionPacked Academics in StandardsBased
Assessing ActionPacked Academics in StandardsBased
Developing an Action Plan
References
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About the author (2009)

Cathie Summerford has engaged learners internationally with action, movement, and music in her dynamic keynotes and workshops. Recognized as a true trailblazer and outstanding author in her field, Summerford's energetic, action-packed approach to teaching has livened up learning in countless classrooms globally.

Along with her current book Action-Packed Classrooms, she also authored PE-4-ME: Teaching Lifelong Health and Fitness and numerous national articles and journals. As an educational consultant and president of Fit 4 Learning, Summerford has been recognized as a California Teacher of the Year, NASPE Teacher of the Year, and California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell award-winning author. Summerford's experiences in the academic classroom and the physical education arena have provided her with ideas galore to share with others. She continually motivates teachers to make learning a meaningful and exciting experience. Summerford's expertise in brain research and the implications that action has on learning, combined with her enthusiasm for teaching children, make her an excellent source for inspiration. She has tons of ideas at her fingertips and is ready and eager to share this knowledge and enthusiasm with others.

Summerford's rapid-fire presentations focus on involvement. They move quickly, cover a lot of ground, and actively engage the participants. As a result, teachers leave her workshops with dozens of practical ideas and with a renewed love for teaching! In addition, she has over 16 years of quality experience of teaching all levels, from preschool to college-age. Her tried-and-true activities are "kid-proof" and "adult-friendly" and always loads of fun. On top of it, she is a two-time IRONMAN triathlon finisher!

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