While current classroom methods can be effective, SHINE for Girls is able to engage students in the subject matter in a unique manner that provides a novel perspective on the material. SHINE for Girls uses a new method based in kinesthetic learning that effectively supplements the classroom experience.
Kinesthetic Learning Activity
In kinesthetic learning, movement and action replaces more passive forms of learning, such as listening to a lecture, and helps students grasp concepts with more clarity and creativity. SHINE for Girls uses our bodies to their fullest advantage to enhance and reinforce mathematics taught in the classroom through our series of original kinesthetic learning activities.
SHINE utilizes active and familiar games, such as Twister, with a simple change: the integration of middle school math concepts. In SHINE, we use fractions, decimals, and percents on a Twister board, rather than colors, to allow girls to practice converting between equivalences. If "left hand on 3/4" is called, the girls begin search the board for 6/8, 75%, or other equivelent fractions.
Our unique SHINE curriculum creates a dynamic way for students to learn in team problem solving sessions, led by a trained mentor. While aligning weekly concepts with the National Common Core Standards for Grades 6-8, our curriculum incorporates "SHINE Spotlights" to encourage the integration of active kinesthetic learning, while in a small-group setting. With a multi-tiered curriculum, SHINE is able to adapt for a wide range of abilities.
Each session, SHINE mentors lead students through a formalized dance training session, where students are given the opportunity to learn the basics of the art or showcase their ability to SHINE! In a safe and fun environment, SHINE helps increase self-confidence, teamwork, and discipline. concluding with a final performance for the community to present the success of the group.