Hands-on, Minds-on

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Feb 20, 2018

Want to take your child's learning to the next level? The best place to start may be with their hands.Students learn and retain more when they are engaging multiple parts of the brain.That's according to Judy Dodge, author of 25 Quick Formative Assessments for a Differentiated Classroom (Scholastic, 2009).  When movement, manipulation, and student-led discussions are included in a lesson, the students are more likely to understand and remember what they have learned. Some education experts have called this type of learning "hands-on, minds-on." 

Third grade math teacher, Katherine Brown, implements a hands-on lessons as part of her math learning stations. The stations include teacher time, independent learning activities, and hands-on time during which students work collaboratively with their peers on math projects. Mrs. Brown says this type of program has allowed for differentiation of instruction to meet the students at their various math levels.

One will also find that many hands-on activities help students develop critical thinking and collaborative skills as many projects require teamwork and problem-solving - life skills that will follow students wherever they may go.

Learn more about the hands-on learning opportunities at Villa by contact admissions director, Janet Baugh at jbaugh@villamadonna.net.