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Entries Tagged as 'thinking skills'

Dance is to report card criteria as…

July 9th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

Colors are to numbers Dreams are to budgets Flow is to schedule… Such are possible analogies to highlight how jarring the idea of grades can be to dance specialists focused on inspiration, creativity & collaboration! My district, Seattle, recently decided to revise the reporting of the arts on the elementary report card. Previously, what’s been […]

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A musical — with dance, of course

July 2nd, 2011 · 1 Comment · dance arts integration into academic subjects

My students were thrilled to do a musical! Speaking lines! Acting! Being characters — & fairy tale characters at that! Singing! Dancing! We were using the musical Character Matters, by Ron Fink & John Heath at the Bad Wolf Press. It’s a great resource: script, teacher’s guide, CD with songs & intrumental accompaniment. A fun […]

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Persistence — learned in dance class

February 11th, 2011 · 5 Comments · Uncategorized

Yesterday I was preparing 4 groups to perform on Monday. It’s always touch-and-go. I want whatever we’re rehearsing to challenge them to practice new skills.  But I don’t want rehearsal to usurp too many of our sessions together. I taught my 3rd graders a lovely dance I learned from Sanna Longden last week — “I […]

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Dance — an intellectual exercise

October 4th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Uncategorized

Another note from my sister on the subject of John Ratey & his work: “I just came back from a talk by Harvard psychiatrist John Ratey on the relationship between exercise and learning. His final comment in the presentation, during the question and answer period, was this:  “I think dance is the ultimate best exercise.” […]

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Didya know? Exercise is good for the brain…

September 28th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

My sister sent a reference to SPARK, a book written by Dr. John Ratey of Harvard Medical School & filled with case studies exploring the connection between exercise and the brain.  It tells those of us who teach dance what we already know.  But given the current trends in education, there are a lot of […]

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Translating Writers Workshop

August 31st, 2009 · Comments Off · Uncategorized

Pedagogy changes constantly.  When I was a 5th-6th grade classroom teacher for a few years (15 years ago), the writing pedagogy sweeping through schools was characterized by 6 traits (content, voice, organization, word choice, fluency & conventions).  I was trained in teaching the traits & scoring writing samples using rubrics built on them. Nowadays, however, […]

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Doing a conference

July 27th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Uncategorized

On the occasion of having recently been to New York City for the NDEO 2009 Conference Focus on Dance Education: Take a Bite of the Apple/Exploring Resources to Promote Best Practices, I recommend it — doing a professional conference — although it does take a fair amount of energy, time, trouble & money.  Here are […]

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Lesson Plan: Making Inferences about Culture

January 4th, 2009 · Comments Off · Lesson Plans

Grade Level: 5th Grade Enduring Understanding:  We can make inferences about a culture from its dances. Target:  Get the feeling of a culture by learning a cultural dance.  Assessment criteria:  Students navigate the dance successfully. Target:  Make inferences about a culture after doing a cultural dance.  Assessment criteria:  Students guess at possible generalizations, supported by […]

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