or Vision Statement:
I will begin the year by teaching both for and about
movement. I want a firm foundation for both my students and I in
the basic elements of movement. Currently I have little experience
with the elements of creative dance and my limited background
would make most of my attempts to teach with or to integrate
movement shallow experiences. By learning the elements my students
will increase their vocabulary to describe the capabilities of
their bodies, gain a tool for communication and expression, and
increase their confidence about their capabilities. By working on
the basic elements both my students and I will become more aware
of our physical selves. I will be teaching with Brain gym to help
students utilize this awareness so that they will have more
control over increasing, decreasing and utilizing their energy
levels for learning. As well, we will be playing group games that
increase our focus, cooperation, physical control, and
Once we establish a repertoire of vocabulary and
experiences in the elements of creative dance, we will begin to
integrate the art of movement into all subject areas for learning
and assessment. I will continue to teach about the power of
movement to help them maintain and build their awareness of their
physical capabilities and its potential to help them be better
1.Students will increase their vocabulary to describe their
movements and space; high
and low space, straight, curved,
1. Students will be comfortable and confident enough to attempt a
variety of movements within large and small group setting.
1. Students will be able to move around the provided space without
physically or emotionally disrupting other students.
will be able to closely observe other students during movement
time and give constructive positive feedback to their peer’s
Competencies: 1. Students will begin to explore the way their
bodies can move through space while creating different shapes with
Lesson 1 will
be the shapes lesson from Joyce’s book on page 77. The lesson
will take around 30 minutes. We will do the lesson in the
classroom. Students will stack their chairs and clean the floor
up. We will move the 4 tables to the sides of the room. Students
will start on the carpet where I will tell them that their goal is
to see how many different shapes they can safely and comfortably
make without touching anyone or anything in the room. They will
then spread out to their personal space in the room. I will count
to three and have them change shape. We will repeat this several
times. As they change
shapes I will comment on their use of space and the variety of
Put some muscle into your shape so that even if I put some
weight on you won’t fall.
Make a shape at a low level. Can you lift your center off
the floor? Can you feel how that makes your muscles work/
Make a high shape.
Make a shape you’ve never been in before.
Make a one legged shape.
Make an upside down shape.
Do you suppose you could move around among each other and
not touch a single person?
Let’s see if you can change levels as you move through
space, sometimes low, sometimes high.
they will make a dance with their shapes.
Start with your most interesting still shape. Now show me
your interesting moving shapes. And stop with your ending shape
and hold it. Now the class will divide into half so that we can
watch each other. Look for someone who is using high and low
space. Look for someone with a variety of shapes. Look for someone
who is holding her beginning and ending shape very still.
Student comments during Showtime will assess their ability to look
at their peer’s movement and provide constructive feedback.
Student circle share time after Creative Dance is done will
provide me feedback on their ability to use the terms; movement,
high space, low space, and shapes. As well they will have the
chance to verbally share with the group what was comfortable and
uncomfortable about the lesson.
Students will have a Creative Movement journal where they will
need to write a sentence or more about their experience.
Watching the students during their exploration and show time's
will let me know who is using high and low space and a variety of