What is Embody Learning?

The essence of Embody Learning is its engagement of students’ physical, intellectual and emotional embodiment of content, meaning and understanding.

Physically Engage

Explore Content

Discover Knowledge

Show Understanding

Physically Engage

  • Teacher starts the class with a physical and vocal warm up to create focus and unity.

  • Active learning starts the day, with students out of their chairs, embodying the content...

  • Embody Learning creates new habits of effective instruction.

  • The pattern can be repeated with any lesson in every subject...

  • Classroom management and the set of Embody Learning skills are all part of the training and technical support package.

  • Teachers start by performing each step mechanically and quickly refine and integrate the process into daily practice.

  • Embody Learning shapes the classroom practice for how teachers teach every day. It is the routine, the daily pattern.

  • Students “become” the knowledge, they remember by using their bodies, intellect, emotions, imaginations.

Explore Content

  • A teacher’s own presentation skills are critical to how students receive content; teachers are performers; they are!!

  • Teachers create an environment in which students decide how comfortable they are learning and expressing knowledge.

  • In presenting content, the best teachers listen and observe as much as talk and deliver...

  • In presenting content, the best teachers listen and observe as much as talk and deliver...

  • Teacher can “prime the pump” for students embodiment... show examples, lead a sample exercise.

  • Innovation is an attitude a teacher can guide, invite, nurture, cultivate... and which students natural gifts.

  • Teachers invite students into embody learning when teachers have knowledge of how content connects with students’ interest and ability to learn... relevance...

  • By embodying content, students simulate the details of the content — not just the facts, but the meaning.

Discover Knowledge

  • Embody Learning, like the scientific process and the artistic process, is active, often loud, sometimes chaotic.

  • Students will “own” the content as they use their imaginations to pursue the facts and the understanding.

  • Students explore, inquire, experiment, wonder, negotiate and put their full attention on the task of conveying meaning.

  • If a teacher is unable to conceive how a piece of content or a standard could be embodied, students can often do it.

  • The benefit of Embody Learning is that it always teaches more than facts; it teaches understanding and meaning.

  • Barriers that traditionally separate students from peers often diminish when students collaborate on embodiment.

  • Students regularly surprise their teachers when they demonstrate their learning through embodiment.

  • Groups of students discovering and modeling demonstrate learning at its peak.

  • It is common for students to request that future lessons be active and experiential... Embody Learning.

Show Understanding

  • Embody Learning is experiential and student-directed learning that offers immediate demonstration of the learning.

  • When a group of students demonstrate content to a full class, the class engages in a broader collaboration to assess the embodiment, ask questions, offer suggestions.

  • So far, no content has been named that is impossible for students to embody.

  • Unlike static facts, embodiment of content empowers students to demonstrate the meaning of any set of facts.

  • Embody Learning is so much fun for students (and teachers) that students want to come to school every day!

  • Embody Learning often demonstrates content through students simulating processes, systems, the passage of time.

  • Students may incorporate knowledge of engineering and technology, two key STEM subjects, into embodiment.

  • Common Core (Math, English), Science, Social Studies, the Fine Arts, STEM Learning, Physical Education — learning in all subjects at all grade levels is measurably improved through Embody learning.

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