- Perfect Paperback: 135 pages
- Publisher: Edu Kinesthetics (1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0942143027
- ISBN-13: 978-0942143027
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 77 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #472,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brain Gym: Teacher's Edition
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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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This book gives a great introduction to the Brain Gym program. It is well organized and includes plenty of practical descriptions of the exercises. Not only does each exercise list the symptoms/behaviors it helps with, but there is also a "cheat sheet" of sorts directing you to the best activities for a variety of common situations (e.g. reading problems.) There is a chapter on the theoretical background, enough to satisfy those of us who like to know these things but not too long or overwhelming, and readers who want to get straight into action can skip it with no consequence. There is a nice resource section at the end.
The research supporting this program has some critical weaknesses, but the theoretical basis is pretty good. The authors readily admit the deficits (lack of independent, controlled studies, mostly) and I can't fault them for it - with them being the ones with a vested interest, there's not much they can do to make others research it more independently. I would really love to see it happen, though.
A couple of design critiques: 1. The size of the book is large and the text is in a single wide column. This makes the text-heavy portions a bit tiresome to read. I did appreciate the size when it came to the exercise descriptions fitting onto a single page. I'm just rather sensitive to matters of design and would have appreciated a dual-column layout or something.
2. There is just one photograph illustrating each exercise. It would have been helpful to see more detailed illustrations, perhaps photos showing a couple of positions in sequence, or arrows showing the path of movement. Better yet would be a DVD demonstrating the exercises, but I imagine that would drive up the price and scare off many potential readers - the current price is just about reasonable but I would not have wanted to spend more.
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