Focusing on the student’s impulse control, listening, and direction following, I had the Seals and Dolphins dance and then stop on a plate when the music stopped. For practice, students easily danced to the rhythmic chant of my words above and stopped on a plate. Then when I played and stopped the music, it was a little more challenging as students had to listen carefully to when the music was playing or had stopped.
For a few students, they needed the complex direction broken down in smaller steps: “Stop. Now find a plate.” while many of the students were successful in doing the complex direction independently. Some students liked to return to the same plate each time while a few explored all the plates and space in the room. A couple of students carried their plates with them to ensure that they always had a plate on hand. It was fun moving freely in the room and being aware of where the plates were located to stop.