This summer, we launched in NYC our MyloWrites Movement and Writing workshop in partnership with The Movement Creative. Middle school students got one-on-one support from independent school learning specialist Sari Biddelman to build each student’s understanding of the writing process, master their writing skills for the everyday essay and strengthen their knowledge retention through movement.
Here at MyloWrites, we understand that movement is a powerful tool that supports the learning process. Learning through kinesthetic movement strengthens knowledge retention, helps students to focus during learning sessions, builds body awareness and mindfulness, and so much more. Our mission with these workshops is to build up the student’s understanding and confidence with writing while equally engaging them with movement through parkour.
Each session had two equal parts: first, a movement session that challenged their bodies and mind, second, a writing session that walked each student through each step of a literary response.
Beginning with a movement session, our team utilized the play of parkour to activate movement that would directly relate to the writing process in the following session. An example of that was when students faced a parkour obstacle course where they were given the mission to label the obstacle course journey in the sequence of a paragraph: 1. topic sentence, 2. background, 3. introduction to evidence, 4. evidence, 5. analysis, 6. concluding sentence.
Once they’ve successfully completed labelling the parkour course in this order, students carried this knowledge into their next session by writing a paragraph.
During the writing sessions, Learning Specialist Sari gave each student 1-on-1 support, helping them understand the why behind each part of the essay process. She helped each student reduce personal anxieties towards writing by addressing any unique challenges they might be facing with learning in a classroom setting.
Our middle school students enjoyed and benefited from the intentional balance of learning through movement and the breaking down of the writing process. Our first summer workshop was a success!
We want to continue supporting each student to master the writing process by engaging them in a setting they are challenged both physically and mentally. Know we are hosting more summer Movement and Writing workshop this summer!
Interested in joining? If you’re in the NYC area and know a middle school student that would benefit from this immersive workshop, email us at [email protected] to join today!