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ERIC Number: EJ921426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1541-1796
Jump Patterns: Percussive Dance and the Path to Math
Rosenfeld, Malke
Teaching Artist Journal, v9 n2 p78-89 2011
In this article, the author describes an innovative collaboration with an elementary school math teacher that leads to original student choreography and engaging mathematical thinking. Using a tool the author created called Jump Patterns, students at Fox Hill Elementary School in Indianapolis, Indiana, engage in a robust, creative, choreographic process while gaining a fuller understanding of math topics. The tool has helped the students learn the elements of percussive dance (step dance, clogging, tap, etc.) and then apply this understanding to create and sequence their own four-beat dance patterns. At the same time, they have strengthened their understanding of grade-appropriate math topics. By the end of five days with the author, the students are able to analyze and assess their peers' creative work by confidently using both dance and math terminology. They are also communicating their choreography through both performance and mapping. This is Math in Your Feet, an integration of traditional percussive dance and elementary-level mathematics. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana