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ERIC Number: EJ1022661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1541-1796
Making Math and Making Dance: A Closer Look at Integration
Rosenfeld, Malke
Teaching Artist Journal, v11 n4 p205-214 2013
As a percussive dancer, Malke Rosenfeld makes rhythm with her feet while she dances, and she also helps elementary students make their own percussive dance steps by integrating mathematics into her lesson plans. To do this she uses the Jump Patterns tool, a tool she developed during the first six years of her teaching artist career to help students create their own percussive dance patterns without needing a lot of technique. In the second act of her teaching artist life, she created and refined the Math in Your Feet program--a program that provides a meaningful context for connecting both movement and math concepts within a choreographic "problem-solving process." During this time she worked to find connections between percussive dance and elementary mathematics, as well as the best ways to illustrate these ideas to her students. This article explores further discoveries she has made about what it really means to make math and dance at the same time.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana