Let's Help the Wigglers and Techies: Keyboards on the Floor
My students need a keyboard area rug to productively use their energy while increasing keyboard skills.
This project expired on July 13, 2014.
Hooray! This project is fully funded
Wiggly children (our kinesthetic learners) are some of the most under-served children in American education. Were you wiggly as a kid? In the past children like this were considered disruptive and distracted. Now there are lessons we can design just for them that everyone will enjoy.
My students are talented, enthusiastic people.
They don't enjoy sitting at their desk all day and why should they when there is a whole wide world of wonder just outside? There are so many kids who love PE and hate the rest of school. By anchoring lessons to specific physical motions and activities we keep these kids from falling through the cracks.
The keyboard rug has infinite uses. I would use it with spelling groups who call out a word and dance-type that word. It can be used for remembering vocabulary in the same way.
I also have noticed that my kids are, at times, lacking knowledge of very basic keyboarding skills. Technology skills are vital to their future success. I would use this rug along-side keyboarding lessons and daily tips about keyboard commands that they may not know.
Adding physical activity is needed, especially for a population where many of them do not get to go outside and be active at home. Why should school also be a place that forces them to be sedentary?
Donating to this project will tip the scales in helping a population subset that is most neglected.
Everything about school is geared toward visual and auditory learners. Helping our kinesthetic learners by adding meaningful physical activity helps all of us. Ultimately the brain prefers all three types of input.
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