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Entries Tagged as 'primary'

Performance: Learning x 325

May 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Busy time of year… building toward the final performance. We’ve had small performances throughout the year — one class at a time, showing something at the end of a unit.  And we meant to have a performance last December, but it was stormed out. So the excitement is bubbling now.  Each day, students ask me, […]

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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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Mid-year: What have we learned, and where do we go from here?

March 8th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

From September through December, we danced.  January was music and percussion month. This last Friday, we finished a month of theatre (2 sessions of 2 weeks each).  Having played with, discussed, mastered?, explored, and pursued theatre vocabulary and skills, we’ll return to dancing tomorrow. First & second graders have now developed skills of observation, sensory […]

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Music for Dancers — 1st & 2nd Grade

February 16th, 2009 · Comments Off · Lesson Plans

January was all about music, by way of percussion (see my previous post on Arts Worriers). In planning classes (dance, theatre, or music), I keep in mind the 3 categories of Vocabulary & Concepts, Skills, & Ensembles.  It helps me keep track of my goals and our progress toward them. In a specific lesson, these […]

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