2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Kinesthetic and Experiential Learning in a Second Grade Classroom
Rachel M. Holper♦
Dr. Wendy Miner, Faculty Mentor

My internship setting is an elementary classroom of 11 boys and 5 girls. Because of this unique demographic situation, I am evaluating how implementing experiential and kinesthetic activities into daily lessons affects the attitudes and achievement of boys. Brain research shows that movement and hands-on learning are effective strategies for teaching boys, so I explored the benefits of incorporating these into lessons in all subject areas. I wrote anecdotal notes, collected student work products, and conducted student surveys. After collecting data for six weeks, I surveyed parents to see if students talked about lessons and to hear any observations they had about their children's attitudes and experiences. The results have not been analyzed completely at this time, but I hope to compile a list of recommendations for teachers to help them meet the needs of boys in their classrooms.

Keywords: kinesthetic , experiential, boys, movement, hands-on, effective strategies, attitudes, achievement

Topic(s):Education

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 7-2
Location: VH 1320
Time: 8:30

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