Inspiration to post this lesson below came from Stephen Ransom's tweet (embedded below).
You can't go wrong with Pernille Ripp! I love her ideas on grading (stop it!)
Are you or your students feeling a Springtime Slump? Time to bring the joy back to learning with movement in a method i created called "Dance Your Topic." 10 easy steps below but first the rationale:
You should try this because movement wakes up class and engages higher order thinking. Also sometimes students don't realize they don't understand a topic until they try to interpret it through dance or other artistic media. Older students especially have become adept at writing on autopilot so they can spit back words that make it seem like they understand, but they truly don't. I have also noticed it bonds the class and cuts down on bullying. It also produces a lot of smiles in addition to understanding.
It takes a lot of warm up on the front end to begin the method, but it is worth it and can be used time and time again throughout the year.
Teens can be shy to the idea of movement or dance-based learning and very vulnerable to embarrassment so it is essential to start slowly in most schools.
Try this topic-based dance lesson inspired by Dance Your PhD:
Step-by Step Instructions "Dance Your Topic"
Congratulations! you have created higher order thinking, and joy with a low-tech, arts-infused lesson you can use again and again!
Like this idea?
Here is the PD Session I presented at the CMS Tech Conference a while back: "Bringing the Joy Back With Tech". Includes several more ideas for arts and tech integration. Click the dancing image for ideas including movement-based learning such as Lego Serious Play, Frozen Tableaux and my own Dance Your Phd - inspired "Dance Your Textbook Chapter!" joy-based "hard fun" lesson instructions.
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