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How acting out in school boosts learning

from Scientific America

Acting out in school is often a prelude to parents receiving a call from the principal. But, there are ways of acting out that tremendously increase learning — namely acting out as a way of grounding, or making sense of, abstract information. There is a growing body of research showing the value of this sort of acting out. One example is the Moved by Reading intervention for teaching reading comprehension. Using the intervention, children act out the meaning of sentences by moving images on a computer screen. If the child reads, "The farmer drove the tractor to the barn," then she would move pictures of the farmer to the tractor, and both of them to the barn. This can double reading comprehension. more

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