By Sophia Bollag
May 2, 2014
The Daily Northwestern
Evanston/Skokie School District 65 plans to expand a program that teaches about local water issues through dance and movement using federal money the Illinois Coastal Management Program awarded to the district last month.
LakeDance, a “place-based" education program, aims to educate students about Lake Michigan, local water issues and water literacy in general through a kinetic-focused method of learning.
Clare Tallon Ruen, who started the LakeDance program, said elementary school students have told her acting out scientific concepts through dance or with their hands forces them to understand the concepts they are learning. In contrast, simply writing down information they have been taught does not require them to actually understand the concepts, she said.
“Kinesthetic learning is a big thing for me because it helps me learn,” Tallon Ruen said. “And as a parent, one of the heartbreaking things about visiting any school is that kids are sitting a lot.”
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