The Human GPS for Learning
How Movement and Cognition Unite
Thinking and reasoning are used to address learning in Education but rarely is the brain and body considered an operation of two hemispheres opposite and complementary. Arts, movement, and even (western) yoga classes are valuable “breathers” to thought and reason but to educate the foundation of how the human nervous system learns awareness in quality of movement must be united with cognition. WTM does so by looking at the integration of three functions:
1. Motor Patterns (different than motor skills) – the character of movement form as perception
2. Cognition – development and structure of thinking
3. Perception – when the is brain activated (by a pattern of sensation) and attempts to notice and process
To clarify the above definitions:
Movement patterns are sensations synergistically operating with the senses in action, specifically the sense of “proprioception.” Proprioception negotiates between senses, thoughts and actions trying to carry out intention. Proprioception in this context is defined as the sense of motion between body parts and character of motion as a whole. Cognition is the development and structure of thinking. And the attempt to notice and process thought negotiating with the senses is what is labeled perception.
The design of structure and function in motion displays communication between thoughts and senses. Mindset can be read by “movement patterns.” Movement, its efficiency and dysfunction of patterns give insight to this body-mind communication.
Information from communication motor patterns is in and out of the psyche’s awareness. The key to WTM’s role is to expand “awareness.” Direction of attention defines quality of awareness. This awareness displays through the observation between intention, attention and reaction of movement. Awareness understands difference between intention and action. In other words awareness expands realization of what we intend to do versus what we are doing.
Teachers and parents realizing the importance of this type of awareness change the trajectory of a child’s life. Awareness of this internal dialogue (physical sensations collaborating with the brain) drastically changes reaction. The choice in dynamics of interaction, relationship and communication also change.
For children to develop the resiliency to conquer the challenges in adult life they must find their organic “GPS,” as the children say. Deeply embedded in the sensation of motor patterns, tensions and orientation, locks the GPS of perception. Technology, poor food quality and the increasing number of choices from the external pressures pull the psyche further away from their greatest asset – the GPS of organic learning. To find solutions to problems unforeseen children need training in both thought or reason and the internal wisdom of their organic GPS. This kind of GPS operates from the organic sensation of motor patterns telling us where we are to where we want to go… thus who we become.