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How The Body Tells a Learning Story:

Educators: Learn to read & understand the body cues that tell you how your students are using their body to support their brain in learning activities, and, at times, how their body can actually interfere with their learning.


This is a professional learning series based on the science and processes of neuro-development that underpin the way we learn. It is a course designed especially for educators and those who help children learn (support staff and others.) 


“How The Body Tells a Learning Story” is an introduction to our Body to Brain Learning (R) approach to teaching, explaining why it is important to include it in your professional ways of working.  It explains how the body helps support learning and how the body helps develop the brain because we know learning is more than a cognitive, head based task — it’s also a body function.  We know that what the body does (particularly in our early development) helps grow the brain. It sets the foundations for how we learn. 


Knowing more about the neuro-developmental connections and ways in which our body supports our learning gives you insight into how to help those students whose bodies (and consequent behaviours) may be getting in the way of their learning.  It also gives you ideas on how to learn to help these students that may have neuro-motor and sensory immaturity issues that are impacting their learning.


“How The Body Tells a Learning Story” is the first in our Body to Brain Learning (R) Professional Development Series and gives you tips on what to look for in your students body language to help you understand how your students use their body for learning, (and what some of the body-brain learning challenges they may have.)


It’s about cracking the body language code that tells you how the brain and body work together to support learning.


“Now that I know what to look for in their body learning story, I can respond faster to provide them with the support they need.”

(Suzanne, a Queensland Pre-School Teacher) 

“I feel like I’ve found the key to Aladdin’s Cave!” and “It has changed my way of working…  It has changed our school.”

(Carleen, a Victorian Primary School Teacher)



Cracking the Body Language Code that Tells Us How the Body & Brain Work Together to Support Learning.

What’s the course about?

Short answer:  “If the body doesn’t support learning, it can interfere with learning. This is how that connection works.”

This course helps you understand more about how and why the body supports learning by providing an introduction to the neuro-developmental motor and sensory processes that develop naturally in our bodies in the first years of our life, but if they remain immature, can impact a student’s learning success.  It tells you about the role of balance, vision, hearing and neuro-motor immaturity and what to look for in your students that indicates there may be developmental immaturity impacting on HOW your students are learning. 

This isn’t just for prep and early years students — it is for students of any age that have challenges learning. We talk about how you can learn more and start to address these in your classroom using principles of neuroplasticity.

You will learn about why these body systems are crucial for developing the body-based processes that support successful functioning and academic learning in your students. 

You will learn about how the body tells the learning story and what cues to look for so you can interpret the learning stories of the students you teach. 

It’s all about knowing your students and HOW they learn and using that information to improve your teaching practice. 

This approach can make a difference in the lives of your students, and in your own professional life.  As a part of this course, you will hear some teachers tell their story about this body of work and how it has impacted their professional lives.

Six key topics feature in  “How The Body Tells a Learning Story…” 

    1. The Role of the Body in Learning (with a particular focus on the neurodevelopmental processes that impact learning success).  This includes a basic introduction to what neuromotor and sensory immaturity can look like in a classroom setting and why you need to pay attention to it.
    2. The Balance and Co-ordination Story.  Why are balance and coordination key components of learning success?
    3. The Vision Story.  Vision is more than being able to see clearly.  Learning how the eyes work together to help support learning processes can make the difference for a child struggling to learn to read, write, participate in sport etc. What is the vision story in learning success?
    4. The Hearing Story.  What are some of the complexities of hearing that can impact on the learning experiences of students in our classroom?  What is the hearing story in the body to brain learning approach? This is more than just being able to hear well.
    5. The Movement Story.  Why do movement and posture contribute to learning success?  It’s not about exercise and strength, rather, it’s about how we, as humans, use movement to develop and train our brain for learning. The movement story starts early, but we can enhance those processes at any time in our lives using principles of neuroplasticity. 
    6. The Teacher’s Story.  An interview with two Australian teachers who have used the “Body to Brain Learning” approach in their classrooms and schools with fantastic results professionally (increased professional satisfaction), for the students (behaviour and academic results) and for the school in general (“It has changed our whole school.”)

How is the course run?

It’s all on-line. 

  • Each week participants will access a live webinar which will be recorded and available for a short time for you to watch if you missed the live presentation. (45 – 50 minutes on average).  You will be provided with prompts for triggering thoughts, discussion points and reflection in your class situation that will support your learning. You can use these presentations as an opportunity to take notes and jot down questions to discuss in a subsequent online 1-hour live workshop with Dr Christine Payard (PhD),  Director of Integrating Thinking(R)  and founder of the Body to Brain Learning (R) Professional Learning Series following 5 of the 6 presentations. (The only presentation that doesn’t have a live Q&A afterwards, is  # 6 “The Teacher’s Story”)
  • The on-line discussions/tutorials/Q& A sessions offer an opportunity for you to ask questions about your school context, what you see and what it may mean for the students in your classrooms.
  • Every session includes practical activities to illustrate the concepts discussed in the presentation so that you gain some insight into the experiences we are talking about in this programme. 
  • This is where the theory of a neuro-developmental learning approach starts to meet practice in your context. 

Aligned to the AITSL standards, this course provides you with up to 12 hours of professional learning presentations and conversations that can contribute to continuing professional learning/development records.  A certificate of participation can be made available on completion of the course.

How the Body Tells a Learning Story articulates with and leads to other professional learning opportunities provided by Integrating Thinking through its Body to Brain Learning® Professional Learning Programmes and affiliate training through INPP Australia.

  • is completely on-line.
  • is currently scheduled to be delivered 3 times per year and can also be used as a school-based professional learning experience.
  • The next course offering is due to be announced shortly


  1. The investment in the FULL professional learning opportunity for an individual teacher is $597 per participant (incl GST).  This provides you with 6 presentations, access to 5 Q& A sessions with Dr Christine Payard (Ph.D) following the sessions, and bonus downloadable resources/material to use in your classrooms. This approach helps you answer questions about what you see in your classroom and using the resources provided for you.
  2. An Independent Study Option:  the 6 presentations and selected downloadable bonuses helping you observe the body learning story of your students in your classroom. (Fee:  $294 incl GST)
  3. Pricing for a school-based group approach can be negotiated, contact: Chris@integratringthinking.com.au for more details. 


Register your interest here for an opportunity to participate in the next presentation of “The Body Tells a Learning Story…”





By the way, when you sign up for the next “How The Body Tells a Learning Story…” series starting on Tuesday, October 27th, 2021, we will send you access to download a “Body to Brain Learning Educator’s Checklist”. This “Body to Brain Educator’s Checklist” provides you with insight into some of the body and learning cues that indicate that you should possibly learn more about how your student(s) use their body for learning in your classroom.   We will discuss how to use the checklist and what to do with the information you gather during the course.  This checklist is the first of the bonus documents and worksheets we offer in “How The Body Tells  A Learning Story…”  Stay tuned, or, register your interest in this programme now.  Enrollments are opening soon! 🙂


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