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Brain Gym/ Wake Up, Shake Up to music!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by syoung1985, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. oops what is a non-sequitur? I got the impression we have had about four or five posts of discussion?

     
  2. Firstly, you replied to my post about lying to children in other aspects of the teaching day with an irrelevant waffle about fiction.
    Then you ignored the reply to that by continuing to talk about "other inanities" in the teaching of children.
    All nonsense.
     
  3. Sorry sunscorch, I was agreeing with you! :)
     
  4. Well sunscorch we shall have to agree to differ.......... I followed up your blog and see that your main angle is a laudable wish for children to not be bamboozled with half-truths or non-truths.
    I see that you feel strongly that the logical connection with your profered points was enough for you to call it 'irrelevant waffle'... then I 'talked about other innanities'. I am sure you may apporach your teaching as a scientist my friend. You do seem to have lecturish air. My science degree allowed me very little belief in its use in the classroom with yuonger children other than to increase my sense of wonder.
    However your use of the terms 'inanities' and 'nonsense' perhaps speak more loudly about your sense of the superiority of your 'truth' than an ability to recognise that there are many approaches to working with children you do not by any means hold the monopoly on truth or on logic -whether by science faction or newtons cradle... excellent though they are let us see after your PGCE how you hold, engage, enthrall and entertain your childrenas well as educate them.



     
  5. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    You seem to have lost sight of what is important. Happy children learn and if doing some fun exercises makes that happen who cares if the "science" is bad ...
    several of my class have OT programs and guess what some of the exercises seem to be Brain Gym ...
     
  6. Is there some reason why they can't use activies that are both fun and theoretically sound?
     
  7. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    Well obviously highly qualified Specialist Paediatric Occupational Therapists think the exercises are fit for their purpose or they wouldn't be included in the program
     
  8. greta444

    greta444 New commenter

    Chocolate and alcohol make me happy. Perhaps I should try these to make my children happy too.
    As for the aforementioned 'wiggle time', I believe this was formally known as playtime.
     
  9. Msz, you know as well as I do that paying through the nose to access a common sense activity programme that's marketed purely on the back of schlock science is stupid.
    I think perhaps we actually agree.
     
  10. greta444

    greta444 New commenter

    I believe that OT's are employed for people and children who have physical difficulties. The exercises are used to improve mobility, not concentration.
     
  11. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    I simply pointed out the exercises regardless of "claims" and "bad science" don't actually harm the child and in fact they find them fun ... and while they might not make the child any more intelligent they can benefit in other ways.
     
  12. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    perhaps you should read what I said
     
  13. I would consider that telling children that rubbing their cheeks will make them more energetic will, at worst, seriously disrupt their ability to discern truth from lies, and at best seriously undermine your position as a teacher of truth, and not lies.

     
  14. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    Seriously do you think teachers really say that
     
  15. I recommend having a read of the book Bad Science by Ben Goldacre. He dedicates a chapter to Brain Gym as well as looking at the truth behind detoxing, MMR and lots more besides. It is a fascinating and entertaining read.
     
  16. Regrettably, I have seen it.
     
  17. roise

    roise New commenter

    Loved the piece on Brain Gym in Bad Science by Ben Goldacre, The problem with it as he points was not the idea that children would benefit from the exercise it was the utter nonsensical scientific claims it made about how the body was supposed to work. It's not just dinosaurs who want to base what they do based on properly researched educational theory rather mad theories dreamt up by snake oil merchants who charge a fortune for their books and their training programs. I think most reflective teachers want that too. Having said that most children and especially young ones benefit from a change in pace and a bit of light exercise every now again .
     
  18. greta444

    greta444 New commenter

    Yes - it's called playtime and was invented for the purpose of children having a change in pace and some exercise!
     
  19. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

    So your class only move at playtime?
     
  20. greta444

    greta444 New commenter

    They move around in class and in P.E. particularly and with playtime after every hour of learning, that seems plenty for them. There is value in learning to sit still and concentrate for more than 3 minutes.
     

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