Exercising the Brain

Each summer the Professional Learning Department of Pre-K 4 SA invites experts in the field of education to provide training to educators in San Antonio. Even though the name of the program is Pre-K 4 SA, the offerings are not limited to just those working with very young children. There are workshops available for professionals who teach children up through 3rd grade.

 

One exciting workshop, Brain Gym®, is an example of the range of training opportunities. On June 12th two half-day sessions will be offered. The morning session’s focus will be on kindergarten and first grade, while the afternoon session is intended for educators of second and third graders.

 

The organization that eventually became Brain Gym® was created in the late 1980s by Paul and Gail Dennison. The original program consists of 26 activities. “These activities recall the movements naturally done during the first years of life when learning to coordinate the eyes, ears, hands, and whole body”. Dennison goes on to say, “…they often bring about dramatic improvements in areas such as: concentration and focus; memory; academics: reading, writing, math, test taking; physical coordination; relationships; self-responsibility; organization skills; and attitude.”  (www.braingym.com/the-activities)

 

Jeanne Tamez, a Brain Gym® consultant, will present the 26 movements and discuss how each movement relates to learning. Additionally, attendees of these workshops will have the opportunity to experience the activities first hand, thus allowing them to return to their classrooms and implement the movements with their students.

 

If you are interested in registering for this or other workshops offered during the Summer Expert Series, click on the Upcoming Trainings tab at the top of this page. These trainings are free of charge and open to educators in the San Antonio area.

 

 

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1st-3rd grade educators worked together to learn engaging ways to develop number sense. Students will develop fact fluency while playing games that use their number sense strategies. By learning their facts in this way, students are not merely memorizing, but rather learning to work with numbers flexibly.  “Low achievers are often low achievers not because they know less but because they don’t use numbers flexibly – they have been set on the wrong path, often from an early age, of trying to memorize methods instead of interacting with numbers flexibly.” Jo Boaler,  Stanford University, 2009

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