Brain Gym: Teacher's Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0942143027
ISBN-10: 0942143027
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The Brain Gym Teacher's Edition is a must-have for any classroom or business library. The clear, easy, yet profound nature of this work, as outlined in this practical book, has the potential to assist all learners to accomplish what they choose in life, whether it be academic, creative, athletic, or relational. It is time for learning to again become the cornerstone of our lives, opening us to greater awareness, connection, and joy in all we do, and this book shows the way. --Carla Hannaford, Ph.D, educator, biologist, and author of Playing in the Unified Field: Raising & Becoming Conscious, Creative Human Beings.

I have been using the Brain Gym program with my students for almost 25 years. It is by far the easiest and fastest way I know of to shift students from scattered to focused, from confused to clear, and from tense to relaxed. I appreciate the additional clarity and support in this NEW edition! --Victoria Kindle Hodson, coauthor of Discover Your Child s Learning Style: The Key to Every Child s Learning Success.

A typical classroom experience lacks the quantity of movement required for healthy physiological development. The Brain Gym program demonstrates an intrinsic under-standing that a well-developed human machine will excel at all of its tasks, including learning. This program is so fundamental to the biophysical process of learning that it s hard to believe it's not already in every curriculum. --Katy Bowman, bio mechanical scientist, director of the Restorative Exercise Institute, and creator of the Aligned and Well program.

About the Author

Paul E. Dennison is an internationally known educator, a pioneer in the field of movement-based learning, and an authority on the acquisition of cognitive and academic skills. Gail E. Dennison is the originator of Brain Gym International's Visioncircles, Double Doodle Play, and Movement Dynamics courses. Paul and Gail are the co creators of Educational Kinesiology and the Brain Gym program, and the authors of more than fifteen books and manuals, many of which have been translated into dozens of languages.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 135 pages
  • Publisher: Edu Kinesthetics (1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0942143027
  • ISBN-13: 978-0942143027
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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408 of 419 people found the following review helpful By jumpy1 on March 12, 2002
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This book is an excellent introduction and manual for Brain Gym. It not only explains in detail how to do the simple excercises, but gives many scientific explanations for how and why they work.

For those who don't know, Brain Gym is a method whereby brain functions are accessed by performing simple physical movements, and it has been found to profoundly improve ADD/ADHD/Dyslexic conditions as well as other learning disabilities. It is a series of exercises (drawn from all areas of movement -- from the calisthenics we did in phys-ed class to the eye exercises of behavioral optometrists, to acu-pressure points) specifically studied and narrowed down after many years of research to those that were found to optimally affect brain functions. Luckily they are all easy and take only minutes (or even seconds) to do, and they get immediate, verifiable results. In my experience they help students and professionals of all ages learn faster, improve memory and coordination, and generally reduce the stress of adjusting to new situations or learning foreign or difficult tasks.
In my own experience, I no longer teach violin without integrating Brain Gym exercises because the students learn so much faster and develop better technique because they are more relaxed, naturally. I have also taught Brain Gym to writers, musicians, actors, doctors, mathematicians, teachers, dancers, investment bankers, producers etc. and the feedback is consistently positive. If you are a teacher and are interested in this kind of thing, classes are recommended, but the next best thing is to have this little book!
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86 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 2004
This book gives an in-depth review of each of the Brain Gym movements from academic benefits to postural correlates. Each page includes a brief history of how the movement became part of Brain Gym. Each page includes directions on how to do the movement along with variations to try later. I use this book regularly for myself, in the preschool classroom and as a Brain Gym consultant. Every time I open it, I read something "new". It is filled with valuable information and is a great interest grabber into the world of Brain Gym and Educational Kinesiology.
It's thoroughness can be overwhelming for some. And then for others, like myself, it's level of completeness is what makes it such a great book.
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143 of 159 people found the following review helpful By kabuky on June 28, 2005
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I have never practiced Brain Gym. A special ed teacher recommended I buy a copy to use in my own class. So..of course, I bought the Teacher's Edition. The problem - it has VERY poor directions on how to do the original exercises!! It assumes you KNOW the exercises and have a copy of the original "Brain Gym" manual. I don't!! And I have a hard time believing that such a big seller would have such poor directions/illustrations of exactly what to do/what to avoid in the physical activities.

Lots of tips on how to specialize the exercises for different kids but WITHOUT bothering to give one very good directions on how to do the exercises. I am VERY disappointed. There are also LOTS of references to their other books (for you to buy).
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Carroll on October 4, 2005
Needs re-organization, editing, and new graphics. Looks self published by a 3rd grader? Some useful info but not much direction as to how to apply it? As a 'Teachers Edition' it should give detailed info as to how to organize and present the exercises. Graphics are very poor.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Compton on March 23, 2006
I use the activities in this book every day with my special education students. They are having fun and it is helping them with their motor skills and their academic skills. I would recommend it to any teacher.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Story on June 15, 2007
I wish that I would have known about this book years ago. There are numerous exercises that enhance different areas of the body (including the brain of course). Each exercise lists teaching tips, variations, corrlations, the history of....and more. You pick and choose the exercises that best suits your and your students' needs. After you and your students become familiar with the exercises, it doesn't take much class time to get up and do a few (5-10 min.). Really, what's 5-10 minutes a couple times out of the day of students sitting for hours on end? I implemented certain exercises from Brain Gym and Brain Dance (A.G. Gilbert) into my art classroom this past school year and the combination of both was a raging success with my students. Students would stop by eager tell me about how this or that exercise helped them with concentration or calming down in their general classroom before a test or reading time. It also helped that I personally benefitted from the exercises as well. If I forgot to start class with the exercises or end with "hook-ups", my students were right there to remind me. It is true that the book illustrations aren't the best, but it's all about the motion. My students and I loved the concept and benefits of Brain Gym/Brain Dance so much that we made a video power point demonstrating various exercises and the benefits for the other teachers in the school building because the students wanted their homeroom teachers to do it with them. Students really do benefit congnitively and behaviorly and will want you to make copies of some of the exercises so they can do them at home.
My students' favorite Brain Gym exercise = "hook-ups"
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