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Teaching Physical Learners

Physical learners will learn best if you help them DO IT! Here are some of our favorite tips and strategies.

  • Allow for movement throughout the class schedule
  • Engage students by asking them to point or use body language
  • Move around while teaching so students will track your movement
  • Hide elements of the story and have a scavenger hunt
  • Use visuals and manipulatives that students can touch and interact with
  • Reinforce a lesson with drama
  • Explain how the lesson can be applied to an action in daily living
  • Dance, wave ribbons, play instruments
  • Ask students to respond with a specific action when they hear a key word in your lesson
  • Build models individually or as a group
  • Use clay, playdough or crafts
  • Put together puzzles to reveal part of the lesson
  • Perform experiments
  • Locate places on a globe
  • Leave your classroom and teach the lesson from different locations in your church
  • Add hand motions or sign language
  • Turn a written activity into a game: for example, if you’re tracking Paul’s missionary journey, write locations on strips of paper and place them on the floor around the room and walk the kids through the journey
  • Use a sandbox with manipulatives for students to reenact the lesson
  • Build models using LEGOs
  • Offer alternate seating
  • Write in the air
  • Use catch-ball drills to review facts
  • Take a “walk and talk” about concepts in the lesson
  • If a student has worked outside of the classroom for a portion of the time, encourage the student to share with the class what they have learned

See all our curriculum adaptation tips and strategies.


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