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Connecting Minds In Motion to your classroom
All fourth or fifth graders at participating schools attend weekly dance classes with professional teaching artists and musicians. A portion of the year is spent teaching students basic dance curriculum, followed by choreography for the culminating performance. Students work toward the performance as a long-term goal, an experience that builds confidence, perseverance, and creativity.
Each year, Minds In Motion alternates between either a content or story based theme. Through partnership with the Rappahannock Tribe of Virginia during the 2016-2017 school year, students are learning about the history, culture, and traditions of the Tribe. This rich subject offers many opportunities for teachers to make connections to their classroom.
In professional learning sessions offered at the beginning of the school year, Virginia Commonwealth University professors Joan Rhodes, Misti Wajciechowski, and University of Virginia professor Julie Gray presented several ways to incorporate what students are learning in Minds In Motion into the classroom. They have graciously shared these resources on creative ways to connect what students learn in Minds In Motion into the language arts curriculum. Teachers can view information from professional development and print additional copies of handouts received from teaching artists in the Teacher Resources section at the bottom of the page.
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