Well….This week the second graders asked me… “Why was he King Louise the 13th?”. We then talked about the fact that Louise the 12th and Louise the 14th may not have been all that on the dance floor. So – we do attribute much of BALLET HISTORY to King Louise the 13th.
….wanting me to stay in the circle for a long time. I thought it was so I could get the steps. They just wanted me “to get it”. Yet, NOW….as an adult, I understand they were enjoying my energy and inviting me to enjoy theirs too. I would love to go back and throw my hands up allowing the brazen sunshine to drench me.
The teachers at Edison Elementary School in Ashland, Ohio go all in for Halloween! This story provided a wonderful tie-in for MOVEMENT MOMENTS. The best dance element was SHAPE – SIZES!
This week my second graders are learning about the scientific method. We’re excited to add Science in Motion by Lisa Amstutz (an Ohio author) to our lesson. We’ve agreed on identifying dancers working with body parts in high, medium, and low space. We’ve added circular and angular movements. The class can observe and talk about their observations.
Social distancing must be maintained throughout the venue, and seating must be arranged and assigned to allow for 6 feet in each direction between groups of: no more than four individuals, or members of one household (i.e., parents/guardians and dependent children).
These were students who had previously done 3 minute performance pieces and did not normally struggle. Motivation and love needed to be central to their experience. So we slowed down, focused on details and the way the movements felt. Our class time included playful times of what the students needed.