How creating and educating improves classroom work

I learned to knit when I was six and have been knitting ever since. I even taught my second graders how to knit when we were on indoor break for a year on day 17. I reflect a lot on how my teaching is growing and changing. One thing I’ve always noticed is that actually working with my hands changes the way I think about my work. How manual work can improve teaching:

Doing something with your hands will improve your understanding of the reward cycle

The physical work with your hands is easier for your brain to recognize than an ongoing project. For example, when you knit something, you can see it take shape before your eyes and the feeling of reward gradually increases. These tasks do not require too much mental work, but still give you a sense of achievement. This, in turn, increases your motivation to get other things done. Once you understand this process, you can change the assignment of assignments so that students can monitor and record their process.

This is how you can reward the process in your classroom.

Working with your hands promotes memory and creativity

Repetitive movement puts less strain on your brain because it works like a habit. When a task doesn’t require a lot of thinking, your brain allows your brain to work on problems “behind the scenes” and process knowledge and information in depth. This leads to more creativity and breakthroughs.

How to increase creativity in your classroom.

Doing something with your hands calms your mind

Our world is a constant flow of information and disruption. When working by hand, you need to be attentive and repetitive, which is forcing your brain to focus. It helps remove distractions and sharpen focus and give your brain a break.

This is how you strengthen self-reassurance in your classroom.

Connecting your hands to your brain reduces stress

To survive, our ancestors built, knitted, cooked, sewed and hunted with their hands. That’s why we enjoy working with our hands even more – because our brain reads it as survival. When we use technology to do anything, our brains think we’re not working enough to survive, which in turn can lead to chronic stress.

This is how the mind-body connection can work in your classroom.

Learn a new way to work with your hands

One of the interesting side effects of the pandemic was that people started doing manual labor without knowing that doing so would reduce their anxiety and make them more creative. Let’s not lose this new discovery! Finding a way to incorporate doing into your life will really improve your teaching and your life. You don’t have to be the best manufacturer; you just have to take time (hopefully every day) to do something. Even building a LEGO set or working on a puzzle can have the same benefits. Here are some great tutorials to get you started doing something you love.

The ability to do complex tasks with our hands has always fueled human civilization. Our hands have played an important role in our development. Using them more connects us to the core of what makes us human. So, throw away the dishwasher every now and then to wash your hands or knit a hat instead of scrolling through social media. Your brain will be happier about it, and so will your teaching.

Would you like your students to make things with their hands? Check out 25 creative ways for kids to learn, craft, and play with yarn.

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