Teaching Through Embodied Learning
Faculty Advisor: Alice Lesnick
Field Site: https://katyhawkins.teachable.com/
Field Supervisor: Katy Hawkins
In this Independent study I developed curriculum based on the theory of embodied learning that suggests that there is much untapped academic learning that can happen through movement rather than words. This practice also worked to provide mind/body integration and accommodates learning differences in the study of poetry. In practice, I helped to develop curricular content, generate prompts for reflection, and refine pedagogical tools for communicating complex ideas to a diverse student body. I also addressed any confusion from students, creating safe spaces for dialogue, and facilitating communication between students and the professor. My communication skills improved as I provided feedback to students, contributing to assessing student writing and creative work. These experiences, paired with my self-guided research and reflection on embodied learning, pushed me to understand more about implementing innovative ways of teaching across the body and mind divide.
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