With staff retreat tomorrow, I decided to make our dance time in music class different this week for the Ducks, Seals, Elephants, and the Monkeys. With a red stretchy material tied in a band, students were instructed to dance with it: jump, pull, row, and any way they want.
Most of the students really enjoyed holding the band as they jumped and moved their bodies. It kept all the students linked together. Students really enjoyed the heaviness they felt as they pulled the band, feeling the weight of their friends and teachers. The teachers’ job is super important as they are the anchors of the band, providing boundaries for the students to move between.
The Ducks worked on stop and go. H. Ducks embodied the activity and held up his hand to signal stop, waved his fingers for wait, and danced when the music played! The Seals and Elephants loved following the simple 1 step direction of dance and stop. They worked on moving the band up and down and side to side. The Monkeys loved pulling and feeling so strong in moving the entire group. They needed that extra input in their bodies to get ready for their day!
Through dancing with the red band, students worked on impulse control, learning to control their bodies within a group setting and while engaging in an interactive game. They demonstrated their receptive language of responding to starting to stopping actions on signal cued by the music and words. Within the dance instructions, each class worked on direction concepts that I directed: pull, jump, up and down, side to side. The red band is also great for heavy work to provide students input into their muscles and joints, helping students with attention, focus, and body awareness.