The Importance Of Movement In Special Education

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After teaching Special Education for the past 17 years, it is very apparent that movement in a classroom is important. Many of my students need to be moving in some way or another during most of my class. Instead of having them up and moving around the room for multiple portions of the class, I have accommodated my classroom with ball chairs and standing desks that have a swinging foot bar. These are beneficial to many of my students. When they are able to move, they become more engaged and are able to retain and apply knowledge.
Donovan and Pascale say it well. “Bringing movement into the classroom stimulates brain activity, preparing students for deeper learning throughout the day.” (Donovan, Pascale, 2013, p. 151). In this author’s
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By having students get up and move throughout a lesson, students are able to keep their brain engaged. This encourages creativity and self-expression, as well as drawing out their intelligence. Mettler also has a good statement: "We are all using this language all the time. Whatever we are doing, the movements of our bodies express something of what we are feeling. Movement expresses the feeling better than words. For babies, movement (sometimes accompanied by sound and touch) is the only language. Human beings and animals often communicate with one another though movement. Even plants respond with movements of growth or decay to the gardener 's care or neglect."(Mettler, 2015, p.1) A lot of the time, I don’t think we as people think about movement as a way of learning, just a way to get from one place to another. But, in all reality there is so much more to movement. Movement is a language, a way to communicate without using words, self-expression, and body language that can show voice. I teach the Scholastic Read 180 program to 8th and 9th graders and through their data it has shown that it is important to get students up and moving every 20 minutes. In this …show more content…
When you look at the research around movement and productivity/engagement - for children of all ages and a variety of learning styles -- what is truly shocking is that every school does not already schedule movement into the school day and incorporate movement into school lessons.” (add APA style of internet site here) Fiore’s questioning of why every school does not have movement scheduled into their school day and into school lessons is a very valid question, especially when there are so many studies and research that shows the benefits of movement. All students can benefit from a teacher that uses multiple means of teaching in their classroom, especially students who have special needs. Often time’s students with special needs are not one hundred percent successful with the traditional methods of teaching curriculum. I know first-hand that basic lecturing and worksheets do not drive home the standards and the classroom content for my students. By using the six different art modalities; poetry, music, drama, storytelling, movement, and visual arts, students have multiple opportunities to be successful. Since starting this master’s program back

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