Adding gestures and motions to complement learning activates more cognitive processes for recall and understanding, particularly within content area instruction. Supplementing verbal information with actions reinforces concepts and engages student Attention. When students communicate discipline-specific concepts using gestures similar to those of their teacher, they can deepen their conceptual Vocabulary.
Watch how this fifth grade teacher uses hand gestures to emphasize important concepts during her review of place value in mathematics. By using two modalities, students can better remember the key information.
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