Alexander Technique and Academic Tutoring

Kai Kleinbard is a learning and movement specialist dedicated to helping young learners succeed in school. Kai offers one-on-one and group lessons in Academic Support, Alexander Technique and in helping youth develop their creative interests.

http://www.amsatonline.org/teacher/KaiKleinbard
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(917)693-9960

How to use the senses to maximize learning

How to use the senses to maximize learning

How to use the senses to maximize learning

Learning is a major part of my life.  As an artist I constantly try to learn new things to utilize them in my performance work. As a learning specialist, I seek to support an engaged and life-long learning experience for youth. One of the ways I can support efficient learning is to utilize all my five senses to fully take in the information I am being…

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What is the forward-and-up direction in the Alexander Technique and how does it allow openness/freedom through the joints?

What is the forward-and-up direction in the Alexander Technique and how does it allow openness/freedom through the joints?

What is the forward-and-up direction in the Alexander Technique and how does it allow openness/freedom through the joints?

In the Alexander Technique, we often describe that movement orients in a forward and up direction.  I like to think of this direction emenating from one’s connection into the ground and out through the crown of the head.

Gravity is a constant force that we move against.  The…

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ADHD and ADD getting grounded

ADHD and ADD getting grounded

ADHD and ADD getting grounded

Many of the students I work with who have been diagnosed with ADHD/ADD have a difficult time connecting into their bodies.  Often time, the student will be very hyperactive–moving all over the work-studio, instead of tackling homework or learning skills.

During my tutoring/coaching sessions, I encourage students to move around when they need to.  When the…

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An observational ladder for students with learning differences

An observational ladder for students with learning differences

An observational ladder for students with learning differences

In working with students with learning difference, I often bring in an observational process to understand what type of support I might employ.  This observational process allows me to identify what applications to share with this student.  Observation is key–if I can identify what habits are holding the student back, and understand…

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creating a fluid work environment for homework

creating a fluid work environment for homework

creating a fluid work environment for homework

Many young learners have a difficult time initiating and completing homework.  One way to change this is to create the ideal structure at home that facilitates fluid homework completion.  Focus on the work environment–the workstation can be set up so that it is easily accessible, and inviting.

It can be helpful to have a designated desk at home to do…

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Praise effort and encourage challenges

Praise effort and encourage challenges This article from Kahnacademy by founder, Sal Kahn, describes the power of encouraging process rather than  outcomes.  

Praise effort and encourage challenges

Praise effort and encourage challenges This article from Kahnacademy by founder, Sal Kahn, describes the power of encouraging process rather than  outcomes.  

using organizational strengths to tackle areas of weakness

using organizational strengths to tackle areas of weakness

Using organizational strengths to tackle areas of weakness


We all organize in very different ways. Many educators expect students to organize in very specific ways–labeled folders, binders a certain way etc.  Then as teachers, often we will attempt to teach a student a specific way of organizing his or her work–a way that we envision as the typical way a student “should” organize. Eventually, the…

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how to use graphic organizers to organize reading and writing

how to use graphic organizers to organize reading and writing

how to use graphic organizers to organize reading and writing

Reading and writing graphic organizers can be helpful tools to support students in organizing and communicating their thoughts.  By using a visual tool, the student will practice communicating and planning creations through multiple senses (visual, auditory etc.).  This enables the material to be learned faster and offers ways for the…

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Writing Graphic Organizers

great set of graphic organizers for writing and reading