Magazine article Dance Teacher

Thinking on Your Feet

Magazine article Dance Teacher

Thinking on Your Feet

Article excerpt

New evidence that physical activity improves academic ability supports the argument for dance education in K-12 schools.

The growth of the field of neuroscience and the development of brain-imaging and testing techniques have resulted in a large body of,research that has sparked the trend in rain-based teaching and learning. The discoveries contain a wealth of information that can improve your teaching, as well as provide strong justification for dance education in K-12 programs.

According to Dr. John J. Ratey, the author of A User's Guide to the Brain (2001, Pantheon Books) and a clinical psychiatry professor from Harvard University, "Evidence is mounting that each person's capacity to master new and remember old information is improved by biological changes in the brain brought on only by physical activity. Our physical movements call upon many of the same neurons used for reading, writing and math. Physically active people reported an increase in academic abilities, memory retrieval and cognitive abilities. What makes us move is also what makes us think. Certain kinds of exercise can produce chemical alterations that give us stronger, healthier and happier brains. A better brain is better equipped to think, remember and learn."

This reference is one of many that can be used to support dance as an essential component to all children's education. Author Eric Jenson is another leader in the movement. His Teaching with the Brain in Mind (1998, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is a primer for brain-based learning and provides a balance of research and theory, along with practical teaching suggestions. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.