Math PK-2

Systems Change


Adding motions to complement learning activates more cognitive processes for recall and understanding. Supplementing verbal information with actions reinforces concepts and engages student Attention.

Use It in the Classroom

Watch how this first grade teacher uses hand gestures to emphasize important concepts during her number line lesson. By using two modalities to interact with key information, students use both their Visual and Auditory Processing skills and also have a better understanding of where to focus their Attention.

  • Both teachers and students can use hand signals to communicate or support their learning. For example, research shows that students are more accurate in their Counting when they point to each item. Visual gestures that complement spoken language allow for the processing of information in multiple ways, supporting greater retention of information in Working and Short-term Memory.
  • Design It into Your Product

  • Providing a visualization or animation in addition to audio or text activates visual Working Memory and supports deeper comprehension. Developers can also use these visualizations or enactments to capture and maintain Attention on key content.