Understanding: Song selection – “Cotton-Eye Joe,” Folk Dance
Statement: Students will perform and changes motions to a phrase of the music through a social folk dance.
Concepts/Ideas being learned: phrasing, social engagement/Cues from instructor, following and repeating directions, attentive listening, rhythmic patterns, coordinated movements
*I can learn a set of movements, and perform them with their appropriate phrasing to music.
Materials: Plan (outline), students, music, classroom
Weikart Language Prompts:
* Say and watch, say and move-without music using palms, listen to music- think of movements, move-with music
Outline: (Starting 1 Eight Count in, facing in towards circle)
*step right together, right close, tap right front together, tap left front together
*Circle (with hands up touching partners) around right 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
*walk forward 2, 3, tap, walk back 2, 3, close
*jump right, jump left, circle 2, 3, 4
Assessment: I am watching for students to be able to change motions with the musical phrases, with fluid, simple transitions.
Musicianship: 5, I created a folk dance that followed a clear, 8-beat pattern. The song picked had a steady tempo, and moves were demonstrated and perform to a consistent beat.
Leadership: 5, When giving directions to my peers, I extensively engaged through my eye contact and body language to teach my dance. I fostered a positive and uplifting environment for my peers to learn the dance, repeat it a couple times, and then work together in the final product. I suggested inclusion through my facial expressions and energy.
Preparation: 5, I thoroughly prepared for this activity by listening to and familiarizing myself with the musical selection, creating a chart demonstrating each 8-beat movement, and practicing each set of moves before the activity to ensure the transitions between the dance were appropriately choreographed and made sense.
Facilitating the Experience: 9, Throughout the facilitated activity, I used several Weikart language prompts in order to teach and learn the dance. I kept my peers engaged from beginning to end, as I paced the lesson in a reasonable timing, and used inviting facial and body expressions. I faltered a couple times in forgetting the next steps to my sequenced pattern, solely because I was focus on watching and making sure everyone else picked up the choreography. Nevertheless, I kept going and made sure to acknowledge my mistake!
After watching the recorded video of me teaching, overall I feel good about my execution! I tried to create a patterned folk dance that captured the unique energy that the song had, and furthermore have fun with my group while dancing! My preparation for this activity consisted of physically practicing the folk dance, practicing the verbiage I would use for transitions, and then charting out my movements. There were a couple setbacks that I did not take into consideration necessarily, that I feel like caught me off guard of my usual comfort with teaching. First, I felt like I wasn’t able to draw as much energy and enthusiasm as I had pictured from my peers. While this was not a detrimental factor, I felt the lesson dragged a little bit, and I should have brought the lesson back and regrouped. Secondly, my peers did not pick up the choreography as fast as I envisioned. This may be due to how I introduced the dance, and therefore if I were to redo this lesson, it would be taught differently. Ultimately, I felt like it was a successful lesson, and most importantly I had fun planning it!