Dancing in Your School A Guide for Preschool and Elementary School Teachers

ISBN-10: 0871272857

ISBN-13: 9780871272850

Edition: 2006

Authors: Anne Dunkin

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The more than 70 dance activities included in this handbook give educators the tools to use dance in their classrooms, gyms, and playgrounds. Combining theory with practice, this introduction to dance history and terminology provides a foundation for the lesson plans tailored for physical education, kinesthetic learning, and arts education contexts. Although complete on their own, each lesson plan can be customized to fit into any curriculum. Appendices on equipment and dance-education networking resources are included, along with a specialized index categorized into age-appropriate dance activities, sample lesson plans, and group dances.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Princeton Book Company Publishers
Publication date: 6/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Anne Dunkin is the project coordinator for the Research in Dance Education Database at the National Dance Educational Organization and a cofounder of Qwindo's Window, a professional dance company that presents dance education programs to children and their teachers. She is a former lecturer on teaching dance to preservice elementary educators at California State University–Fullerton and a former dance teacher at Kalorama Day School in Washington DC, Gill St. Bernard's School in Bernardsville, New Jersey, and Landmark West School in Encino, California. She has written for Arts Education Policy Review and Dance Teacher Now. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

List of Age-Appropriate Dance Activities, Sample Lesson Plans and Group Dances
Dancing in Your School
Dancing in School Settings
Historical Perspective
No Child Left Behind Act
Contemporary Context
Goals for Facilitating Dance Education
Curriculum and Standards
Dance Language
Is It Moving or Is It Dancing?
So What Makes It Dance?
Dancing or Creative Dancing
Elements of Dance as Dance Language
Four Elements of Dance and Their Attributes
Dancing as Physical Education
Physical Fitness and Health
Motor and Physical Development
Locomotor Movement
Building Locomotor Movement Skill
Non-Locomotor Movement
Perceptual Motor Learning
Kinesthetic Sense
Using Props to Strengthen Kinesthetic Sense
Dancing as Kinesthetic Reinforcement of Learning
How Do Students Learn?
Behaviorist Approach
Phenomenological Approach
Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Moving and Learning
Learning Kinesthetically
Additional Examples for Kinesthetic Reinforcement of Learning
Dancing as Cultural Play
Roles Students Assume While Dancing
The Element of Choice as Cultural Play
Social, Cultural, Artistic Choices
Leading and Following
Dancing and Popular Culture
Identity, Self-Esteem, and the Willing Child
Dancing as Arts Education
Objectives for Dance as Arts Education
Dance as an Art Form
Individual Creative Expression: Taking Risks and Finding Different Approaches
Sensitivity For Form
Appreciating Diversity in Dance Expression and Aesthetic Viewpoint
Fostering Understanding of Cultural Diversity: Different People, Places, and Times
Dance Activities Can Integrate Other Arts
Arts Projects That Students Can Create to Enhance Their Dances
Integration of Other Arts as Inspirations for Dance Creation
The Moving, Thinking, Willing, Feeling Child
Students' Nonverbal Movement Expression
Teachers' Nonverbal Movement Expression and Self-Knowledge
When and How to Use Movement Observation
Activities for Behavior Modification
Creating Dance Lesson Plans for the Classroom
Structure for Dance Lesson Plans
Dance Lesson Plan Samples
Dance Lesson Plans for Varying Age Groups
The Teacher as Facilitator
Individual Teaching Style
Teaching Methodology to Engage and Direct/Control Learning
Procedural Choices to Engage Students
Procedural Choices to Direct or Control Learning
Using the Elements of Dance to Engage and Control
Assessing Dance Activities
Standards-Based Pre-established Criteria
Additional Pre-established Criteria
Reflection as On-Going Assessment
Student Self-Reflection and Performance Assessment
Teacher Self-Reflection and Performance Assessment
Recommending Outside Dance Training for Students
Bibliography of References
Equipment and Materials to Enhance Dance Activities
Additional Dance Lesson Plan Resources
Dance Education Networking Resources
About the Author
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