This is the final installment of my top 10 favorite high school dance lessons.
I have tested each of these lessons with my students, the population being inner city students with no previous dance experience. As with any lesson, be sure you take the time to modify the plan so that it fits for your students.
This top 10 list will offer a brief synopsis of each lesson and a downloadable printout of the lesson including resources and handouts.
For Part I highlighting Lessons 6-10 Click here
How did I do?
This lesson offers a an amazing reflection opportunity for our students. No matter how many times we provide feedback and corrections, there are jut some things our students have to see for themselves. This lesson pushes students to analyze their movement and create attainable goals. It is a great lesson for any level of dance student and promotes student accountability for their own learning. Download the PDF here: How Did I Do Lesson Plan Review the following article for resources and handouts: How Did I Do.
This lesson is great for that crazy week before winter break. It is a solid collaborative projects that keeps the students occupied amidst the desire to get distracted by the joys and lights of the approaching season. This lesson holds students accountable, and reinforces learned information as opposed to introducing too many new things right before a break. Download the PDF here: Winter Inspirations Lesson Plan Review the following article for resources and handouts: Winter Inspirations.
BEST Foot Forward
This lesson has multiple parts, purposes, and variances. It provides an overview of multiple composition studies that will help students design and compose their own work. Download the PDF here: BEST Foot Forward Lesson Plan Review the following article for resources and handouts: BEST Foot Forward.
Foundations of Dance
This lesson offers a wonderful introduction to dance. It is a great lesson for any level of dance student but especially new dancers who are just testing out their artistic legs. Download the PDF here: Foundations of Dance Lesson Plan Review the following article for resources and handouts: Foundations of Dance.
My number one, most favorite lesson of this year is My World. I love the connection to current events and the push for students to take a stand on major issues. Download the PDF here: My World Lesson Plan Review the following article for resources and handouts: My World.
Please drop me an email if you try any of the lessons. I would love to get your feedback on how to make them great!
Piquès & Pirouettès
Typhani Harris is a dance educator and mentor teacher who has been on the boards of both the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CAHPERD) and California Dance Education Association (CDEA). Recently, she has made a cross-country move and is now an instructional coach in Brooklyn, New York. Having begun as a high school English teacher, it has been her mission to bring theory and research into the traditional dance class, and in 2009 she won the Music Center’s Bravo award for excellence in Arts Education. Typhani is currently on a mission to help teachers Stop Teaching and Start Reaching their students, check out the unTeacher Lab at stopteaching.org