Here at Dance Teaching Ideas we’re passionate about supporting teachers and parents in making learning joyful, effective and inclusive.
The website was created to assist primary teachers and home-schooling parents in developing and implementing high quality, inclusive dance and Arts lessons. Classrooms, at school and at home, will benefit from the energy, joy and enriched learning that comes from engaging in the Arts.
There are complete lesson plans that you can use immediately in your classroom and articles to support you creating your own Primary teaching resources that are fun for you and your students.
Engaging with the Arts is part of a comprehensive education that raises emotionally skilled people to promote a healthy society. Children who investigate, explore and imagine, learn how to be adaptive in a constantly changing environment. In this developing machine age, personal skills take on a new-found importance. Jobs that require personal interaction skills and the human touch will be in demand.
If you’re a Primary teacher:
Dance Teaching Ideas provides ongoing support to introduce or continue with dance in your classroom. If you are just starting to connect with the Arts at an Australian curriculum level, dance is a great way to begin. With fun, physical and written activities that are easy to implement and encourage student engagement, your classroom will have the productive energy that all primary teachers love.
Articles and free lesson plans show you how to structure safe dance activities, warm up ideas, getting the most out of a rehearsal and much more.
Dance in the classroom is not just about lifting learning energy but about providing an inclusive environment where children can be reflective through physical and emotional awareness. Calm and subtle energy that nurture mindful reflection gives children the skills to influence their physical, expressive and cognitive selves.
Developing literacy through dance
Many of the ideas for classroom activities on Dance Teaching Ideas are linked to developing skills in literacy. Students’ motivation to learn is enhanced when they are engaged in an activity that they really enjoy doing.
John Hattie, researcher and education guru, sees “skill, will, and thrill” as being crucial to encouraging a love of learning in students. Hattie asserts, “In fact, if we can increase their sense of love of learning, the thrill, we can increase their sense of self.”
However, in an increasingly outcome driven education system, where the visible and the finite is valued, the Arts nurtures qualities in children that are often difficult to define and even harder to measure. It is this ephemeral nature of the arts that often makes them take a back seat to literacy and numeracy.
Qualities associated with empathy and citizenship are developed through collaboration with others, valuing ideas above merely being right or wrong and seeing uncertainty as something to be explored rather than feared. Discussion, feedback and reflection are the tools of the artist and promote literacy at a deeper level.
The activities described in Dance Teaching Ideas enable the primary teacher to produce written and oral evidence to fulfil the demands of the achievement based, learning intention driven education system without taking away from your students’ meaningful arts experience. Because any teaching is made stronger by being agile in its own cultural environment, these teaching ideas can be adapted to your individual classroom specifically for your students.
The lessons are just shared ideas, presented as a way of solving professional quandaries and the ever-growing teaching issue of developing more and more learning resources.
If you’re a home schooling parent:
Dance Teaching Ideas for the home schooler supports approaches to implementing the Arts through collaboration with your children. It places you along side your child as a maker rather than in front of them as teacher. This creates a supported learning environment in your home and encourages children to try a range of approaches to solving the same problem.
The solutions to arts dilemmas are seldom black and white and there are often multiple answers to the same question.
Dance is a great way to learn about many areas of the curriculum and allows you to enjoy creating together.
Dance activities to do at home
The ideas for dance activities presented in the articles and in free lesson plans and resources, demonstrate how children can make meaning and learn about their world. Arts learning can be messy, elusive and unpredictable at times and Dance Teaching Ideas creates a road map to help you navigate the curriculum and its implementation.
There are short dance activities that can be done to introduce physical activity and longer dance activities that link to key curriculum areas.
Articles by distance educators and seasoned home schoolers support you on your dance journey and keep your children active and creative. Learning should be fun for everyone and dance can enliven your home classroom.