"Baroque dancing is not as easy as one would think! A humbling experience. I love this era for it's "over the top" quality. Students would enjoy this as well....I plan on showing photos of the people who lived during…"
"Gabe was such a delight! I was impressed by his confidence, relaxed manner, and ability to simplify the genre of hip-hop (an area of dance I'd previously deemed to be completely beyond my capabilities). The hour flew by, thanks to…"
"What a whirlwind these four days have been! I am exhausted, but also incredibly excited at the wealth of information and tools I can add to my bag of teaching tricks. I was very impressed at Stephanie and Elizabeth's breadth of…"
"I really related to the article, "Creative Classes: An Artful Approach to Improving Performance." It is absolutely true that the arts can change the environment of an entire school. I have experienced this first hand through serving as…"
"I really enjoyed the High Five Buddy and Animal Dances activities. I think the High Five Buddy would make a terrific activity for high schoolers during the first month of school. When I used to teach early morning orchestra classes I was always…"
"Even though I'm a pitiful dances, I really liked doing the Charleston and the one step. It was nice to break out into dances that involved more personal expression and creativity. I also liked seeing the changes in fashion. Such a huge…"
"All of these dances were excellent. Good communal dances that could be grasped relatively quickly by students of many ages. The Native American Chiefs exercise really frustrated me, simply due to my own ignorance regarding this period of history. I…"
"I loved analyzing the spirituals. Spirituals are some of the most powerful literature that exists, and oftentimes the most beautiful to listen to. It can be a touchy subject (especially at the elementary level), but so worth delving into. Luckily,…"
"I really enjoyed doing the circle dances. They are much simpler and more communal than the Baroque dances. They remind me a lot of Jewish folk dances in some ways (a hobby I used to partake in during my 20's). I particularly liked…"
"I really enjoyed doing the magazine reflection. Even though I read magazines all the time (a guilty vice), I have never analyzed them in that way. The magazines were stunningly biased in terms of gender, race, economics. The values were very…"
"I really enjoyed the "numbers" mixer game we played this morning. I am terrified of free-form dancing around other adults, but Elizabeth made it very non-threatening by providing parameters and structure. It would even be a fun mixer…"
"I chose the article, "You Reach More Kids When You Use the Arts to Teach." This article really resonated with me. I totally agree that using music is a wonderful vehicle for engaging students and helping them retain information. As a high…"
"My name is Gabrielle Whitfield and I taught high school orchestra for 9 years in ASD. Last year was my first year as a classroom music teacher at Northwood Elementary. I am interested in this class because I wanted to increase my knowledge of good…"