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ERIC Number: EJ1013133
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0730-3084
Dancing through the School Day: How Dance Catapults Learning in Elementary Education
Becker, Kelly Mancini
Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, v84 n3 p6-8 2013
The necessity for engaging the body in learning, the need for students to move throughout the school day, and the positive effects that dance has on students' development are all good reasons for dance to be included in the elementary curriculum. There are many ways for teachers to integrate movement into the school day, using math, science, social studies, and literacy. Students can dance their action verbs, create dance pieces on any subject, experience social dances from different time periods and cultures, and explore complicated concepts using the body. Even adding a movement activity, active greeting, or physical warm-up to the morning meeting (a common school practice) would be a great start. There is no doubt that dance in some respects is a new frontier for many classroom teachers and that the idea can be intimidating. However, thinking of dance as simply movement may help teachers integrate it more easily into lessons: vocabulary can be acted instead of written, shapes can be embodied rather than drawn, and concepts can be moved versus explained. Incorporating creative movement and dance into the elementary curriculum would be a huge leap forward for learning, and a step in the right direction for the education of children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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