is currently the third largest university in the state of Georgia and often considered a leader in innovative teaching and learning across the state.
's latest accomplishment? Home of the first fully kinesthetic classroom on a college campus!
"We are huge advocates for the inclusion of more movement in K12 schools. is a leading preparer of K12 educators in Georgia, and the kinesthetic classroom was right in line with our mission" says Porter. "There is certainly a growing body of research to support the inclusion of movement into the learning process, what better way to do this than to train future teachers?"
"For the past few years, I have seen pieces in the news or at conferences on . No company was building equipment that could handle our college population. We have tried small scale initiatives for our faculty, like installing , but nothing was being done in our classrooms. Finally, last year, I came across the website. It was exactly what I was looking for! When I went to the Southern District SHAPE America conference, I went to the booth to check out the quality. We placed our purchase order the next week!"
"We have a number of different classes scheduled for our . We’ve also left some time slots open so that faculty who were not originally assigned to teach in there, but would like to give it a try, have the option of holding 2-3 class periods to hopefully experience a classroom environment conducive to how the brain learns!"
Porter recommends, "Getting administrative support. We were able to creatively use some college funding to outfit the classroom. Our classroom has 32 stations, so we did lose some classroom seats. However, the costs were very similar to what we would have paid for a desk that could have been purchased fifty years ago."