What are Some Products that can Help Kinesthetic Learners at their Desks?
- Inflatable discs and wedges can offer your kinesthetic learners some movement while staying seated. These products can be placed on any seat and they allow students to move their hips and develop core muscles (see below for product link).
- Safeco, a furniture company, just came out with the Zenergy Ball Chair for older students and the Runtz for younger students. Both of these products offer four stable legs with an upholstery covered exercise ball. Unlike swivel chairs, that allow students to spin away from their work, this product allows students to have short bouncing breaks while attending to their work. Again, this product develops core support as students must balance on their chair. Likewise, Abilitations Integrations offers an inflatable Six-Leg Ball chair that offers a little bit more mobility (see below for product links).
- Visual Ed Tech now offers an adjustable desk that allows students the option of standing at their desk or sitting on a high stool. In addition, under the desk is an attached swinging foot rest which allow students to expend excess energy while working at their desk. If you would like to see a video on this technology click here
- What are Some Teaching Methodologies that can Help Kinesthetic Learners?
- Have pairs of students or a student and a teacher toss a ball or balloon back and forth while practicing new material.
- Break instruction into short lessons and offer kinesthetic, brain breaks. If you are searching for some energizing brain break ideas, consider purchasing David Sladkey’s Energizing Brain Breaks (see below for product link).
- Integrate movement into lessons. For example, when teaching the adding and subtracting of integers, place numbers on a staircase and explain that when adding you go up the stairs and when subtracting you go down the stairs. Give the students problems and allow them to solve them by traveling up and down the stairs.
- Create a place in the back of the classroom where kinesthetic learners can exercise their need to move.