I had a lot of trouble with the movement exercises at first. I couldn’t really see how jumping around would help me understand institutional racism. Plus, while moving, I had trouble maintaining a focus on intellectual concepts.
Then I recognized that part of the power of movement within a classroom environment is that it addresses an entirely different method of understanding, one that you cant quite articulate verbally.
This practice has opened my awareness to a broader range of understandings in the classroom. I mainly see its effects in how I conduct myself in small group discussions – I’m much more intentional about trying to understand different viewpoints and making sure everyone has a chance to contribute their unique perspective.