ABL provides students an advantage to learn!

Action Based Learning™ is based on the brain research that strongly supports the link between movement and learning. We know that healthy, active students, make better learners! So how do we apply this to the classroom? Action Based Learning provides educational training that focuses on creating an optimal learning environments for all students, through movement. ABL strategies are teacher friendly, time efficient, and most importantly - make learning fun for students. Students engaged in Action Based Learning show improved memory retention, increased focus and attention, improved grades, and less behavioral issues.

Action Based Learning Labs are designed to prepare the brain for learning. Each active learning station in the lab, applies what we know about the brain body connection by focusing on the 12 foundations of Learning Readiness. For example, the body’s vestibular system controls balance and spatial awareness. Strengthening these foundations facilitates the students ability to place words and letters on a page. When a student walks or crawls in specific patterns, the brain’s ability to encode symbols is increased. Proper development and remediation of these systems are critical to a childs’ ability to learn.

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How Does the Lab Work?

Typically students will spend 2-5 minutes at each station, rotating at the sound of the buzzer. Some of the stations include flip chart holders. The content of the flip chart holders can be customized based on the curriclum for that day or teachers can use the provided flip card curriculum. This is great for students reviewing facts before tests! Students can also pair up and work with partners - One student will be moving while the other is quizzing them.

Is the ABL lab sold in a package or by individual stations?
Both! Many schools opt for the entire lab package, which includes staff training, lab manuals and activity guides, as well as all of the stations necessary to focus on the 12 Foundations of Learning Readiness. However, not all budgets allow for an entire lab to start. Stations can be bought individually, and schools can slowly add to their lab as they go!
Who runs the lab?
Teachers typically sign their class up for a lab session 2-5 times a week for 20-30 min sessions. The lab can be facilitated by the individual teacher during their scheduled time. Ideally, the school would nominate a lab coordinator to be in charge of facilitating classes coming in and out of the lab. Many times, the physical educator or health and wellness coordinator takes the initiative to lead the ABL lab at their school.