October 21: For the last three days I’ve been teaching the Optimal Brain Organization (OBO) course to 30 Brain Gym® Instructors, assisted by four Brain Gym® International faculty members: Carol Ann Erikson (United States), Kay McCarroll (United Kingdom), Jeanette Primost (Israel), and Renate Wennekes (Germany). I enjoy co-teaching with these four people who are all dear friends who’ve been on this learning-through- movement journey with Gail and me for 20 years or more.
The OBO course we’re just completing is an especially important one for me. All too often, public school classroom experiences offer children little movement to offset the primarily one-sided (asymmetrical) activities learned for near-point work like reading and writing. The OBO course is based on my hypothesis that learners need symmetrical, two-sided movement to counterbalance this one-sided tendency; otherwise they learn at the expense of whole-body sensory awareness.
A second thesis of the course is based on the many peer-reviewed research studies showing that learning doesn’t automatically transfer from one subject to another. I demonstrate to participants how to teach for transfer by drawing on their gifts and resources. During a balance for accessing gifts and resources, one young mother said that, until now, she had felt powerless to help her daughter with her learning challenges. This woman’s balance helped her to find the patience within herself that had sustained her when she, as a child, had overcome similar challenges.
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