Friday is the day I become a teaching artist (smile). Today, I worked with second grade on ballet stories for a mini performance they will do in February as their culminating project. The last few times I have gone I have noticed that the students have a hard time moving their bodies without moving their mouths. Now, I know that this is pretty challenging for young kids, but by second grade I would hope they could grasp the concept that we don't talk in a dance. I tell them that a dance is told with our bodies, not with our mouths. Todays classes got me thinking about different quiet signals and things teachers use to get their students quiet and ready to listen. Here are some things I have tried:
1) Hand up over head- peace sign with fingers
3) I will wait...
4) Clap a rhythm
5) Lights off
6) Shhh Shhh Shhh in a rhythm
7) Thank you _______(name) for listening
8) I like the way _____ (name) has a calm body and is waiting for what I will say next...
9) Excuse me- This is me being louder than you...
10) Show me your best listening body.
I am sure there are a million more! A great teacher of mine once told me that a loud dance room is a learning dance room. I completely agree, but I also think that an important lesson for students is to learn, make, teach and perform a dance they have to be able to move their bodies without moving their mouths.
Do you do anything special to get your kids quiet? A saying, a signal? Do you sound like a broken record every class? Do you change signals for different age groups? I would love to hear! Sharing what you use might be so helpful to someone else!
In the meantime movecreateeducate...