McKean Elementary Implements Action-Based Learning

Posted on October 11, 2012, in Lancer Life

McKean Elementary has implemented a new academic approach that seems to be an increasing trend among educational institutions – action-based learning.

McKean Elementary’s S.K.I.L.L Center (Skills Key to Igniting Lancer Learning) launched its new academic approach Monday, September 24. It focuses on recent brain research that links movement and physical activity to increased academic performance.

“Learning style research has shown for years that movement is a preferred style of learning,” said General McLane Superintendent Richard Scaletta. “This program meets these students where they are to improve their learning.”

Instructional support teacher Shannon Wingerter teaches the course, which she learned and took from a program at Fairview School District.

“They are learning as they are doing physical activities that are fun. They are learning how to read as they spin on a scooter. They’re learning how to read when they are bouncing a ball in the air and catching it,” she said. “Whatever the activity is, when students use both sides of the brain at same time, it’s proven that students retain the information better.”

According to Wingerter, the students’ responses have been terrific.

“The kids absolutely love it. Every time I go into a classroom, I hear, ‘Can I come today?’ Winger said. “Then, whenever I ask who wants to come back at the end of each session, every one of them, especially the younger ones, want to come back.”