Language Matters: Learning Through Gesture

Have you ever tried explaining something to a friend, when all of a sudden you find your arms waving up and down and your hands acting things out as you go?

I bet it helped get your point across

Our body language communicates a great deal, even as we explain things in words. A number of studies have shown that learning is easier when the lesson involves words and gestures, and that these lessons stick around longer in your memory than the lessons that only use words.

Apparently actions and words work hand in hand!

While the researchers behind these studies are hesitant to jump to conclusions, their repeated findings in favor of gesture-based learning have led to a push to incorporate gesture-based technologies in classrooms.

By the way, we often make reference to our bodies and actions when talking about learning and abstract concepts. I’ve made sure to point out a few examples in this post!

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