Podcast appearances

I loved this conversation, and I really enjoyed the book because it takes the concept of active learning to the next level.

Lecture Breakers podcast host Barbi Honeycutt, PhD
https://barbihoneycutt.com/blogs/podcast/episode-91-take-your-active-learning-experiences-to-the-next-level-with-dr-susan-hrach

Go out and take a walk, move your body, smell some flowers, put your feet in a creek or some other form of bodily or sensory stimulation while you listen to this episode.

Think UDL podcast host Lillian Nave
https://thinkudl.org/episodes/minding-bodies-senses-and-perception-with-susan-hrach

When I’m teaching in a large class, I often use a step counter. And I often would get in a mile, or a mile and a half of walking during an hour and 20 minute class period. But then I was thinking, I was doing that, but those students were stuck in those seats.

Tea for Teaching podcast co-host, John Kane
https://teaforteaching.com/194-minding-bodies/

Top Hat

3. Minding Bodies: How Physical Space, Sensation, and Movement Affect Learning (2021)

If you’re heading back to campus this fall, don’t be quick to return to your traditional, pre-COVID ways. In Minding Bodies, Susan Hrach, Director of the Faculty Center and Professor of English at Columbus State University, advocates for physical, sensory-rich learning experiences—ones that engage all five senses. One of Hrach’s ideas? A simple “walk and think” exercise where students take a 20-minute walk to reflect on an assigned prompt before returning to an in-person lecture or Zoom class to complete a journal entry. Hrach draws from cognitive psychology theory to offer low-cost and inclusive strategies to maximize the time spent with students during class time.

https://tophat.com/blog/summer-reading-list-2021/

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Teaching: Students Aren’t Brains on Sticks

(excerpt from column by Beckie Supiano)

Hrach adds, [class time] shouldn’t always be used in the same way. Neuroscience shows that “brains are stimulated by variety.” Ideally, students know that, when they come to class, “any number of things could happen. There’s just no telling what fun surprise might be in store.”

https://www.chronicle.com/newsletter/teaching/2021-05-20
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