Kester Brewin

Why the body is as vital as the brain when it comes to learning

The emphasis on getting children to sit still and work in silence, coupled with the pressure to timetable subjects perceived as ‘academic’ at the expense of those that require movement or hand skills, threatens the interplay between brain and body that is vital for knowledge acquisition, finds Kester Brewin

Brain vs body? Practical vs academic? There's need for both

Jamie was pulling disco moves. Arms crossing, pointing to the sky, she nodded her head slightly before returning her attention to her test paper. I looked down the row of desks and smiled to myself. “Yes,” I thought happily, “it looks like she’s remembered how to add fractions.”

Around her, others were holding fingers, making shapes with fists, miming gradients with forearms.

Some might have seen this gathered throng and concluded that they were engaged in a kind of prayer, silently genuflecting, complex movements of limbs drawing things into their minds. And in a way they were: as they ...

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