In my almost ten years of experience as a middle school teacher, I have found that one of the most effective preventative measures for decreasing discipline problems is increasing the use of kinesthetic teaching methods. I noticed that if I delivered small bites of content and then allowed for a thirty second movement or fast hands on example, which is a kinesthetic teaching method, it allowed the students to get out energy in a constructive manner and refocus. Due to the movement being part of instruction, they don’t get in trouble for moving around in their seat, getting up on their own or interrupting content delivery nearly as often. Kinesthetic teaching methods can really help with decreasing the need to refocus students with ADHD. Using kinesthetic teaching methods can help your class run smoothly.
There are many kinesthetic teaching methods. Anytime you can have students touch and feel something you are using a kinesthetic teaching method. Kinesthetic teaching methods have to do with movement. Role playing is a useful kinesthetic teaching method in subjects like Language Arts and Social Studies. If a teacher has a student in Science conducting an experiment, that is a kinesthetic teaching method. The same goes for building something like a historical puppet and then putting on a puppet show to demonstrate knowledge of the content. Building a robot in technology is also an example of a kinesthetic teaching method. Using kinesthetic teaching methods to differentiate instruction can be an easy and fun way to tweak mini-lessons and activities.