Apr 19, Marcy prager rated it it was amazing Carla Hannaford is extremely scientific as she explains the "whys" of the difficulties students have as learners. She has helped many students activate their capacity for learning by having students participate in "movements" that will assist brain growth. As a teacher reads to a child, children are totally engaged and listening. They are actively forming new nerve networks.
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Carla Hannaford presents the mounting scientific evidence that movement is crucial to learning. With real-life poignant examples, she exposes the effect of traditional educational practices that ignore this link. Smart Moves explores the many factors that contribute to the growing plague of learning disabilities: TV viewing, different foods, environmental factors, as well as the devastating effects of stress, and its consequent production of neurochemicals like cortisol that inhibit learning.
Hannaford offers clear alternatives and remedies that people can put into practice right away to make a real difference in their ability to learn. She advocates more enlightened educational practices for homes and schools including: a more holistic view of each learner; less emphasis on rote learning; more experiential, active instruction; less labeling of learning disabilities; more physical movement; more personal expression through arts, sports and music; less prescribing of Ritalin and other drugs whose long term effects are not even known.
Smart Moves also offers instructions for performing the Brain Gym movements. These are simple, coordinated exercises that help build neural pathways so critical to learning and help reverse the effects of neural damage in a natural drug free way.
With a new Introduction by Dr. Candace B. Pert, author of Molecules of Emotion. Carla Hannaford shows why and how the body plays an essential role in all learning.
Her book will suprise, inspire, and delightfully instruct every reader. Since she has been an internationally recognized educational consultant, making hundreds of presentations throughout the world on the neural basis of learning and educational kinesiology. She was selected as a guest educator with the AHP-Soviet Project and has received awards from the University of Hawaii and the American Association for the Advancement of Science for outstanding teaching of science.
She lives in Kalispell, Montana.
Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head
In her book, Hannaford offers alternatives to enhance learning ability. Included in the list are: de-emphasizing rote learning; more experiential, active instruction; less labeling of learning disabilities; more physical movement; more personal expression through arts, sports and music; less prescribing of Ritalin and other drugs whose long-term effects are unknown. She also details the roles in learning played by various areas of the brain, and examines the interplay of brain, body, and environment. Hannaford is an advocate of movement and play in learning, discussing the importance of sensorimotor development visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic readiness to the learning process. She provides several case examples of children whose learning improved remarkably through use of the Brain Gym activities, as well as including her own research done with Brain Gym. She argues that ADD , ADHD , and all other learning problems are related to stress, as stress produces survival-oriented behavior while inhibiting the learning process. Smart Moves proposes approaches to support learning, including: dietary awareness: drinking enough water, less sugar intake, etc.
Smart Moves : Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head
Smart Moves ~ Why Learning Is Not All In Your Head