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Entries Tagged as 'behavior'

Lesson Plan: Setting parameters to get started

October 13th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Lesson Plans

Grades: 1st-5th grades Teaching points: The dance classroom has standards:  Make good decisions. Show respect. Solve problems. [These are school-wide standards.] Targets: Understand & practice the nitty gritty: standards, routines & procedures for dance class; Get moving! Context: Just now it’s no longer the first week of school, but the first week of school comes […]

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Classroom management: space vs. energy

April 16th, 2009 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Spring break may still be on my mind, but it ends quickly. Immediately following spring break, we start choreographing dances for the End-of-Year Performance.  The assessments I did before spring break fulfill State requirements and provide data for evaluation of my own performance.  But the End-of-Year Performance is for parents, the staff, and especially the […]

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Daily challenges to classroom management

October 29th, 2008 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Ten minutes into my first class on Monday morning this week (5th grade), Rasheedah let out a bloodcurdling scream. I stopped class to see whether we needed 911. We didn’t. No one had touched her, but apparently, during an exploration of strength and stomping, she thought Cammie was chasing her and reacted as if a […]

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Heart o’ gold

August 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

I’m going to miss Jamal! He graduated, and he won’t be back this year. He was on my mind as I drove to school the other day to get ready. When he arrived in my class two years ago, he was in 4th grade and surly. New school, new classmates, new teacher… and dance?!? His […]

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