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30+ Movement Strategies to Boost Cognitive Engagement

Activating Minds and Bodies to Maximize Student Learning

Discover the joy and power of truly embodied learning. This book of instructional strategies by best-selling author Rebecca Stobaugh helps K–12 teachers create a culture of engagement that is not only fun for students and teachers alike but also effective in making the learning stick.


  • Implement movement-based activities to improve student engagement.
  • Create a classroom climate that models safety and belonging for all students.
  • Utilize various strategies for students to participate in pairs, groups, and teams.
  • Understand the research behind cognitive engagement and embodied learning.
  • Explore the concept of movement integration in the classroom.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Understanding Student Engagement
Chapter 2: Integrating Movement Into the Classroom
Chapter 3: Moving in Pairs
Chapter 4: Moving in Groups
Chapter 5: Moving With Games
Chapter 6: Cementing a Culture of Engagement


Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 6



  • Kise, J. A. G. (2021). Doable differentiation: 12 strategies to meet the needs of all learners. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • McBride, C., & Duncan-Davis, B. (2021). Ready for the workforce: Engaging strategies for teaching secondary learners employability skills. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Stobaugh, R. (2019). Fifty strategies to boost cognitive engagement: Creating a thinking culture in the classroom. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.


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