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.

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Learning objective: creating more choice for academic learning

Learning objective: creating more choice for academic learning

Learning objective: creating more choice for academic learning

As an executive function tutor/coach one of my primary objectives in working with young people is to enable them more choices in their learning.  I shy away from a fixed doctrine/systems/way to learn, instead, I’m interested in the multitude of ways students can interact with information: through the body, the conceptual…

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an activity to manage habitual reactions to academic tasks such as HW, writing and math

an activity to manage habitual reactions to academic tasks such as HW, writing and math

an activity to manage habitual reactions to academic tasks such as HW, writing and math

Throughout one’s educational journey, many emotions play out at various times that can hinder and/or support an efficient approach to learning.  These emotions are important–being aware of them is paramount to understanding how the overall educational experience is going.

As a learning especialist, one of the…

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Tips on helping students listen, pay attention and focus

Tips on helping students listen, pay attention and focus

Tips on helping students listen, pay attention and focus.  Executive functions and ADHD

What is listening?  Listening is a receptive activity where the senses have been opened to receive new information.  Often, young learners listen by becoming completely in-active in their bodies (observed through slumping and a loss of their vertical axis).    In the classroom, the skill of listening is taught…

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ADHD: helping students develop focus and attention skills by changing their foundation/base

ADHD: helping students develop focus and attention skills by changing their foundation/base

ADHD: helping students develop focus and attention skills by changing their foundation/base

Tell a child, “pay attention!”  and this will often work for a moment as the child re-directs on top of whatever else is going on in his or her body, back to the focal point of the moment.  However, soon enough (often), the student’s attention will again stray.

The Tai Chi classics describe that…

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Wu Style Tai Chi, the Alexander Technique and children: Ma Yueh Liang

Wu Style Tai Chi, the Alexander Technique and children: Ma Yueh Liang

Wu Style Tai Chi, the Alexander Technique and children: Ma Yueh Liang  

The late Wu Style tai chi  master Ma Yueh Liang  demonstrates in these videos an incredibly powerful root and a corresponding vertical line.  In the first video he practices the Wu Style Tai Chi fast form.  Not how all movement emanates from his central axis and the specificity of each movement from the placement of the…

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avoiding physical collapse into the task at hand. Helping students maintain focus and attention

avoiding physical collapse into the task at hand. Helping students maintain focus and attention

avoiding physical collapse into the task at hand.  Helping students maintain focus and attention

Physically collapsing into the current task at hand is a common site in academia, and in everyday life.  Walk into any classroom, and one might observe students slumped forward over their tests or laptops.  Watch someone using their cell phone and observe how the whole neck, back and head collapse…

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executive functions planner: using a planner effectively

executive functions planner: using a planner effectively

executive functions planner: using a planner/agenda book effectively to organize/manage academic tasks

Planners appear to be falling out of vogue.  In this day of smartphones and tablets, students (in my experience as a learning specialist) are less inclined to use a paper agenda book to plan out tasks.

Often, students are given planners but not taught how to utilize them effectively.   I…

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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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