Brain Gym

On August 21st, 2013, posted in: Academic, Featured, Galleries, Grade 12, Grades, News, Students by

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Brain Gym describes a specific set of movements, processes, programs, materials, and educational philosophy and is committed to the principle that moving with intention leads to optimal learning.  Brain Gym® movements, exercises, or activities refer to the original 26 Brain Gym movements, sometimes abbreviated as the 26. These activities recall the movements naturally done during the first years of life when learning to coordinate the eyes, ears, hands, and whole body. The twenty-six activities, along with a program for “learning through movement” were developed by educator and reading specialist Paul E. Dennison and his wife and colleague, Gail E. Dennison who say that the interdependence of movement, cognition, and applied learning is the basis of their work. Clients, teachers, and students have been reporting for over 20 years on the effectiveness of these simple activities. Even though it is not clear yet “why” these movements work so well, they often bring about dramatic improvements in areas such as:

•Concentration and Focus

•Memory

•Academics: reading, writing, math, test taking

•Physical coordination

•Relationships

•Self-responsibility

•Organization skills

•Attitude

A group of  Grade 12 learners are  currently participating in a ‘brain gym’ course with Isabel Cohen (Dip.SERE (Unisa), remedial teacher, brain gym instructor and educational kinesiologist.  Isabel is the author of ‘Hands On – How to Use Brain Gym in the Classroom’ manual.

These lessons prepare the girls for their forthcoming examinations by helping them de-stress and remember more effectively.