What is Child-Centred Learning?
Child-centred learning is key to the Dance Notes method. In particular:
- Individual physical exploration allows children to gain body awareness & self-expression.
- Then, teaming up with partners engenders trust, openness & communication.
- Working with larger groups subsequently instills leadership, cooperation & collaboration.
- And evaluating one another’s work invites critical thinking, mutual support & problem solving.
How is this Taught?
Children maintain ownership of their work throughout, thus generating their own ideas and finding ways to develop them. The teacher’s role, therefore, is simply to guide pupils within the framework as set-out in the Dance Notes schemes.
So, for teachers who fear that dance is a foreign language to them, there is no need to worry. Once you have the necessary resources, this is just like teaching any other subject.
All you need do is motivate, guide and inspire your class: which is, of course, what you do best.
Let Us Guide You
Each Dance Notes scheme follows the pathway detailed above. And each is themed to reflect a topic you are covering in the classroom. Your pupils, therefore, will already be engaged with the subject and ready to move.
It takes a little confidence to allow the children to develop their own movement content. But they will do this quickly and enthusiastically. The child-centred approach enables you to encourage, steer and facilitate, without needing to take over.
There is a wide range of lessons available to tie-in with whichever topic you and your pupils are studying. Visit the lessons page now and you can scroll through to see what fits your planning. Click through to the individual lessn’s page and you will see a link to preview that lesson. Here you will see the 6-week outline, learning aims, links to preview all the music and the first week’s plan in full.