Born to Move 

An Embodied and Whole Brain Approach to Executive Functions

Dr. Laura Flores Shaw

“We have a brain for one reason, and one reason only:

to produce adaptable and complex movements.”

-Daniel Wolpert

This means we are not born to think—we are born to move.

What does this mean for us in the classroom?

In this presentation we will look at:

▪️what the current research says about the development of executive function skills

▪️how our neurology affects behavior

▪️how neurological differences impact learning and functioning

▪️the implications for making more inclusive schools

This presentation was first published in the 2020 P2P Summit.

A certificate of completion for 40 minutes is provided. Learn more about certificates here.

This is a presentation that all educators and leaders in the field need to view and discuss at length. I was mesmerized during the entire presentation just waiting for the next piece of information. -Debra Trude-Suter

I thought this workshop was very well done, easy to listen to, easy to absorb and very enjoyable. I'm always interested in neuroscience research and how the results can be used to improve the educational experience. I was very successful in school (traditional public school) but I always felt at odds with procedure of it all. This workshop was very validating. -Kelly Bertoni

Dr. Laura Flores Shaw

Laura Flores Shaw, a Visiting Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins School of Education, is extensively trained in family systems therapy and educational neuroscience. She also has experience as Head of School within an AMI based Montessori school framework. Dr. Shaw’s work has focused on translating research from multiple areas of neuroscience, educational psychology, sustainability education, and family systems research into school design and classroom practice.

This session delved deep into the rationale for movement in developing executive functions, and underscored the necessity of Practical Life work and other activities involving movement! -Lynn Andlauer

Time went by very quickly with Laura Shaw's presentation. Please have more workshops by her! This is time well spent. -Birute Tervydis

This workshop offered me a clear way to have conversations about principles at work in my classroom with the scientific-minded but non-Montessori upper grade teachers in my small school. -Lisa Kirkwood

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

This course consists of a pre-recorded video. You will gain access as soon as you register. You have access for one year and you may watch at your convenience, as often as you wish, during that time.

Is this appropriate for parents?

This is appropriate for teachers and parents and anyone interested in child development.


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