It's all in good fun of course, but the point I am making is that even if you cannot demonstrate dance moves doesn't mean that you cannot teach a dance unit well.
I used Just Dance videos last week for all of my classes in movement composition with spectacular results. The students absolutely loved it and by using these Just Dance videos as an instructional tool, I was able to step back and really have a look and assess the variety of levels the students were at with dance. It was great and I am glad that Joey and Nathan recommended it to me as well.
I have embedded 5 Just Dance videos that I used for my classes last week. Simply click on any of these videos to have a look. If you haven't tried them out with your students, please do so as you will not be disappointed.
It was important to discuss the central idea of the 'How we express ourselves' unit first before letting them dance away. In my last blog here, I explained how I kick started the lesson with posting key questions and I posted a picture of the visual organizer that I used to initiate discussion with my students. The second question that I posted was 'What do the 6 different dance videos have in common that make them all very good performances? My aim was to teach them about synchronization and patterning and hopefully my line of questioning helped them to achieve this.
Using the 'Creative Cycle', I then gave the students their task which was to create a 22-second dance routine to Shakira's Waka Waka in groups. They had about 20 minutes to use the entire creative cycle to come up with their routines. After the students performed their short routines, we had a closing discussion about the creative cycle. I photographed what we came up with and shared this with the grade 3 classroom teachers to help them take this further.