The Kinetic Classroom - Bringing Cognitive-Physical Activities and Executive Skills Coaching To Classrooms Worldwide
Welcome to The Kinetic Classroom where you will find professional development videos, downloads and activities based on our workshop "Improving Executive Function in the Classroom Cognitive-Physical and Coaching Activities" and featured in our books "70 Play Activities for Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning & Behavior" (Kenney & Comizio), "Musical Thinking", "Bloom" (Kenney & Young) and "Bloom Your Room" (Kenney & Garcia).
Here you will find moveTHINK, 30+ easy-to-see 1-3 minute videos inspiring you to engage your student's (K-5th grade) attention, memory, self-control, response inhibition, cognitive flexibility and self-regulation by incorporating coordinative rhythmic beat-based movement and cognitive coaching activities 1-3 minutes at a time.
We have PreK, middle school and high school cognitive-physical activity programs in development with colleagues in Sweden, the United Kingdom, Greece and South Africa.
The research is clear, classroom physical activity engages cognition and improves achievement (Schmidt et al., 2017; Álvarez-Bueno, et. al 2017; Watson, et. al 2017.) The scientific question we pose is what types of activities in what dose and duration work for which kinds of students (and even adults). As we refine our activities we actively study these questions. Perhaps, your classroom or clinic will be part of our ongoing inquiry.
In moveTHINK you will find activities from our current workshops that will help you bring coordinative rhythmic movement to your classroom, clinic and home, one-minute at a time. We have developed, tested and refined these activities based on over 100 published research studies with thousands of students, educators and parents over the past 20 years.
Applying our visual-cognitive motor movement language called "Spotlight" based on our theory, Musical Thinking, you will see diverse variations applying slow and quick beats in marching, moving, drumming, dancing and even thinking to engage your students and clients 1-3 minutes at a time alerting the brain and enhancing student creativity, agency and collaboration. The rhythm is in your students, once you introduce "Spotlight", their creativity, motivation and excitement may surprise you. It sure inspired us!
Upon completion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 5 hours of professional development that may be used for state re-certification hours or professional development hours.
What the Future Holds...
Based on our executive function course attendee feedback, in 2020, we shall launch Brain Primers with Mike Kuczala, Daddios with Nicole Daddio, OTR and Executive Function Kids Coaching Skill Development cards to engage students in the coaching of their own brains. We have also expanded Musical Thinking to include an advanced visual-motor language for use with teens, adults, sport-related concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury patients. With the rapidly growing science there is still much work to do.
moveTHINK is an empirically-based beginning for you, your students and your children to engage cognition with rhythmic coordinative movement, songs and activities.
If you'd like us to bring research-based cognitive-motor movement activities to your school or clinic let us know firstname.lastname@example.org. This year we shall be in Paris, Sweden, New York, Portland, Wyoming, Chicago, Los Angeles, Phoenix and more. We love what we do and are thrilled you are interested in integrating the newest cognitive-movement research in your classroom or clinic.
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Dr. Lynne Kenney is the nation’s leading pediatric psychologist in the development of classroom cognitive-physical activity programs for students grades K-8. Dr. Kenney develops curriculum, programming, and activities to improve children’s cognition through coordinative cognitive-motor movement, executive function skill-building strategies, and social-emotional learning.
Dr. Kenney has advanced fellowship training in forensic psychology and developmental pediatric psychology from Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Harbor-UCLA/UCLA Medical School. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Physical Education from the University of Southern California. Her Doctorate in Psychology is from Pepperdine.
Dr. Kenney’s books include 70 Play Activities for Better Thinking, Self-Regulation, Learning and Behavior (Kenney & Comizio, 2016), the Social-Emotional Literacy program, Bloom Your Room™; Musical Thinking™; and Bloom: 50 things to say, think and do with anxious, angry and over-the-top-kids (Kenney & Young, 2015). Her professional development platform The Kinetic Classroom brings executive function education and cognitive-motor movement to educators and clinicians worldwide. In 2017, she co-authored the 5n45 cognitive-exercise program with Bruce Wexler, MD creator of ACTIVATE at Yale C8 Sciences.
Since 1985, Dr. Kenney has worked as an educator in community service from the inner cities of Los Angeles to national organizations such as the Neurological Health Foundation, Understood.org, HandsOn Phoenix, and Points of Light (Generation On). She values closing the education gap in poverty and enjoys working with Title I schools.