@impactEduk

@impacteduk is a community for educators to discuss and debate the innovations and practices in education and evaluate them against research for impact on children’s learning. It is a community interested in evidence and rigour. This is not the place for anecdotes and opinions, unless they are to stimulate discussion. This is a community where people are respected, and ideas are evaluated critically.

Brain gym

So, what do we actually know?

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2 comments on “Brain gym

  1. Dughall McCormick
    July 15, 2012

    Anecdote alert!

    I like a contrast when I’m working and learning. I can’t comfortably sit on my bottom and absorb knowledge for hours on end. I need to occasionally engage in a contrasting activity. When I’m really tired, exercise meets this need and refreshes me in readiness for the next bit of learning. I reckon this kind of mix-it-up contrast can make learning more effective. I do this kind of thing with children.

    However, when I do this, I do not explain the activity to children in pseudo-scientific terms involving ‘mumbo-jumbo’ about left and right brains or oxygenated brain cells. Rather, I’d say something like, “Let’s do something different for a minute and take stock and refresh ourselves. Oh, and while we’re at it, let’s think about the learning so far.”

  2. peteyeo
    July 16, 2012

    There is a lovely aggregation f plenty of examples of wrong science in this area on the following blog – a better summary to follow soon….

    http://www.badscience.net/category/brain-gym/

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