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Ready, Set, Go!

The Kinesthetic Classroom 2.0
By: Mike Kuczala, Traci Lengel

Foreword by Paul Zientarski
A Joint Publication with KidsFit

This extensively researched 4-part framework of activities promotes an energized learning environment where mental and emotional growth is met with physical, social, and cognitive engagement.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506365831
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2017
  • Page Count: 216
  • Publication date: June 01, 2017

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Use movement to spark learning with this one-stop resource!

Kinesthetic education is your answer to brain-friendly fun! Discover hundreds of practical, clearly explained movements and activities that rev up your teaching and spark optimal learning. This extensively researched 4-part framework of activities promotes an energized learning environment where mental and emotional growth is met with physical, social, and cognitive engagement. With little or no equipment and minimal planning time, this updated guide will help you:

  • Find tips and information to initiate, manage, and organize a kinesthetic classroom
  • Build a cohesive and safe learning environment that adapts to grade, fitness, and ability levels
  • Enhance neural connections with 90-second activities
  • Implement activities for use in teaching core academic content along with music, art, and health

Includes handy checklists, case studies, a graphic organizer, classroom management strategies, and more!

“Including kinesthetic activities in instruction has an incredible payoff for our students who are already, by their very nature, kinesthetic learners. The time to become a kinesthetic educator is, in fact, NOW!"
—David Argentati, Principal
Governor Mifflin School District

“This book gives us the confidence and ability to incorporate movement, music, and differentiation with meaning into our classrooms daily. This book will help you change student outcomes while having fun!"
—Wendy Miller, Principal & CEO
Challenge Charter School

“Building the connection between movement and learning calls for more personalized learning, brain friendly environments, less recall and more thoughtful application of knowledge, optimal conditions for eliciting intelligent behaviors, and respectful relationships that honor the learner.”
—Paul O'Neill, Director of Learning Innovation
The American School in Japan



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Mike Kuczala

Mike Kuczala has delivered keynotes, given presentations, facilitated professional development and taught graduate courses on 4 continents. His presentations, courses, books and videos have reached more than 100,000 teachers, trainers, corporate executives and parents. He is also the coauthor of the Corwin Bestseller and Association of Educational Publishers’ Distinguished Achievement Award nominated, The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning through Movement, a book and philosophy that has changed the view of teaching and learning around the world. Mike’s 2nd book, Training in Motion: How to Use Movement to Create an Engaging and Effective Learning Environment, was released in 2015 (AMACOM) and Ready, Set, Go! The Kinesthetic Classroom 2.0 (Corwin) was released in the summer of 2017. His 4th book, The Peak Performing Teacher: 5 Habits for Success (Corwin) will be released on February 22. President of Kuczala Consulting and Academic Director for the Regional Training Center, Mike's SRO presentations have been experienced in such diverse settings as The Educational Collaborative for International Schools, The East Asia Regional Council of Schools, The Francis Marion University Center of Excellence to Prepare Teachers of Children of Poverty Summer Institute, The American Society for Training and Development, The Forum for Innovative Leadership, The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the Society for Health and Physical Educators.

In his role with Regional Training Center, Mike leads a cadre of about 100 graduate instructors who regularly provide graduate coursework to thousands of teachers across Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and beyond in partnership with The College of New Jersey and La Salle University. During his tenure, he has overseen the development of RTC’s online and virtual course offerings as well the design and implementation of new coursework, certificate programs and master degree concentration options. Mike also manages college and university partnerships.

For more information, please visit www.mikekuczala.com or www.thepeakperformingteacher.com

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Traci Lengel

Traci Lengel is a Health and Physical Education teacher in the Pocono Mountain School District. With more than twenty-six years of experience, Traci’s knowledge in movement education, kinesthetic furniture, motor development, lifelong fitness/wellness, health education, movement/technology balance, curriculum design and educational/content publication has contributed to the success of her insightful programs and consultations. Additionally, Traci is an adjunct professor at La Salle University in Pennsylvania and The College of New Jersey. In conjunction with these positions, she is a designer/coauthor of three graduate courses. These highly esteemed graduate courses, titled Wellness: Creating Health and Balance in the Classroom, The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning through Movement and The Kinesthetic Classroom II: Moving across the Curriculum, have had a profound effect on the personal and professional lives of thousands of educators. Furthermore, Traci is coauthor of the book The Kinesthetic Classroom: Teaching and Learning through Movement, which was published in 2010 and is a best-selling educational publication. Her most recent publications, in 2017, are Ready, Set, Go: The Kinesthetic Classroom 2.0 and in 2018, Classrooms on the Move: Using Kinesthetic Furniture to Create a New Age of Learning.

As co-owner of her own educational consulting company ActivEDge, Traci is a consistent leader in her field. She also balances an additional career position with the company Kidsfit. This corporation manufactures and sells kinesthetic furniture while providing educational experiences for instructional usage and application for these innovative designs. These careers allow her to show others how to utilize active teaching methods in a variety of settings to enhance educational achievement and peak performance of learners of all ages and abilities. Traci travels extensively to support and promote her passion for improving the health and well-being of children all over the world, while bringing learning to life.

Known for her enthusiasm, innovation, work ethic and passion, Traci devotes much of her time to both her personal and professional successes. With her motivational teaching methodology, she presents and facilitates professional development trainings and workshops. Traci provides keynote presentations for active education along with meaningful programs in the areas of movement/technology balance, wellness, stress management and teaching/learning through movement in a kinesthetic classroom. Her ultimate professional challenge is to inspire educators at all levels to incorporate movement into their daily teaching. Traci’s greatest joy is the unconditional love and support she shares with her family and friends. She is kindhearted and committed to bringing fun and laughter to education and the people who share her journey. Traci is persistent, dedicated and leaves a lasting impression. She can be reached at theactivedge@gmail.com.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

About the Authors

Part I – Take Your Position: “Becoming a Kinesthetic Educator”

Chapter 1 – Framework 2.0

Chapter 2 – Movement on the Climb

Chapter 3 – The Brain’Body Connection – 9 Thoughts to Move By

Part II – Ready: “Structuring the Environment”

Chapter 4 – Building and Managing a Kinesthetic Environment

Chapter 5 – Creating Cohesion

Part III – Set: “Engaging the Brain”

Chapter 6 – Preparing the Brain

Chapter 7 – Providing Brain Breaks

Chapter 8 – Supporting Exercise and Fitness

Chapter 9 – Reviewing Content

Chapter 10 – Teaching Content





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