Series Active Learning in Science with Tch Laureate Meg Richard: Active Vocabulary: Using Movement to Learn

Active Vocabulary: Using Movement to Learn

Lesson Objective: Incorporate movement into learning
All Grades / Science / Tch DIY


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In this Tch DIY video, Tch Laureate and NGSS Squadster Meg Richard films her own classroom in order to show us how she uses movement to help students learn science concepts. 

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  • Private message to Liza Clifton

Absolutely engaging.  What a wonderful concept.  I think I too will remember these words.  I loved how comfortable Meg was with herself as she demonstrated.  She was not loud and comedic, she was herself and came across as kind and gentle.  I think it is so important that teachers are still themselves as they stretch outside their own comfort zones. This helps the students do the same. This helped me in many ways.  

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  • Private message to Veronica Bodden

You were so amazing you can see how excited and engaged your students are while you're teaching. They are so lucky to have you as their educator.

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  • Private message to Nathaly Torres

This is such an amazing idea to keep students actively engaged in class. Students have a tough time staying awake in class and this would make them wake up for their classes. I would love to use this because students will use a movement to be able to remember key ideas that are being taught in their classes.

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  • Private message to Marguerite Alvarado

I like this method of active learning method of incorporating dance into her science class for vocabulary. I think connecting movement to words at least for me helps me learn and remember better. I also like how she gives students options with the movements they can choose so that they remain comfortable. Because this would not work if students don’t actually move. I also think that the movement and getting the students to have fun doing it will help them learn better. Because they will want them to do it and that repetition will help them to remember. My only question for her is that I wonder why for some of the vocab words she has movements for the entire definition and others only the words. I would want to know why she did it that way?

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  • Private message to Dakota Sky Larson

I think this idea of incorporating dance into learning vocab is so fun, especially in a science class! I know I would’ve loved if one of my junior high science teachers had us dance to learn. What I especially love about this, is that the teacher is obviously engaged with her students, as well as dancing along to the vocab with them. I think it’s awesome that she provides helpful and useful dance moves to go with the definition, rather than just letting the students make up anything. This way it keeps the students focused and gives movement that’s relevant to what they’re learning. I absolutely love that she also gives small assessments of the lesson throughout the class by asking her students to individually do the dance while reciting the definition. I think it’s super important that she points out that students can modify the movements so they can still be engaged, practicing the kinesthetic learning style, and connecting with their classmates, while also feeling comfortable and happy.

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California Trail Middle School
13775 West 133rd Street
Olathe KS 66062
Population: 729

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