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Children learn best when teaching is out of sync

Here's an interesting study on using gesture for teaching math to third-and-fourth graders:

University of Chicago researchers Melissa Singer and Susan Goldin-Meadow have done extensive research on the role of gesture in teaching, finding that teachers spontaneously use gestures to teach, and that the use of gestures increases when children are having difficulty with a topic. Surprisingly, they also found that very often these gestures did not match the verbal lesson being given by the teachers.

The researchers have found that children learn better when the teacher's speech and gestures differ.

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