Kinesthetic learning is the use of creative movement in the classroom to teach. Its techniques "release students from a passive learning posture—glued to their seats, dissociated, with decreased oxygen in their brains—and engage them physically and creatively with what they are learning"[1]

Physical exercise "puts the brain of the learners in the optimal position for them to learn." [2]

Kinesthetic learning brings physical movement into the classroom and connects it directly to the content of the curriculum. Methods may include, for example[3]:

  1. Students working with their classmates figuring out how to show the causes of the American Revolution through whole body shapes
  2. Climbing into the skin of a literary character or improvising a creative-movement response to a plot element
  3. Enacting a journey through the water cycle
  4. Arranging themselves as solid, liquid, and gas molecules to demonstrate density

Such methods can apply to "math, science, history, literature, punctuation, grammar, and a range of other curricular subjects"[4]

  1. Griss, S. (n.d.). Retrieved July 31, 2016, from
  2. Viadero, D. (2008, February 13). Exercise seen as priming pump for students' academic strides. Education Week 27(23), 14-15
  3. Griss, S. (n.d.). Retrieved July 31, 2016, from
  4. Griss, S. (n.d.). Retrieved July 31, 2016, from