A Classroom Full of Embodied Beings: How Does That Change Our Pedagogy? Part I

Athena Oden explores the concepts of child development and embodied cognition with a basic tenet of classical Christian education: that man is created in the image of God.

Teachers are often exasperated at the end of a long day. Why can’t the students just sit still? We all operate with a conceptual idea of what students and classrooms should look like. But does it encompass embodied beings, or a dualism of mind/body? Are the students as exasperated as we are? This seminar will explore the concepts of child development and embodied cognition with a basic tenet of classical Christian education: that man is created in the image of God.

Athena Oden

Athena Oden earned her degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas Medical Branch and has spent the past 30 years in pediatrics. She is the owner and operator of Ready Bodies, Learning Minds and consults with public and private schools and nonprofit organizations for children. Athena has presented at the local, state, national, and international level on topics dealing with the neurological and physiological development of the child in the classroom. As author of the book/curriculum Ready Bodies, Learning Minds: Cultivating the Whole Child (third edition, 2016), she hopes to help children and schools perform at their peak. Athena has a passion for classical education, old musty books, and a good cup of tea. She and her husband, David, classically homeschooled their three children and live in the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

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