How Dancing Impacts Students Academic Performance
By Ahmad Amirali
Last week, I experimented an activity with students that include dancing. Usually, I start my class session with the recap from the previous session, and for that, I use PowerPoint and animated games and review videos. Use of tech and animations in lesson activities is one of my strength as I use it heavily in my classrooms. From animated maps to the 3d paper model of the globe. However, my students now easily predict that they will be going to witness or experience new animation or related activity. Therefore, I want to experiment with something in which I am not mastered, and then I started to plan a tech-free starter activity. This time students need to perform the recap task in some form of dance move. I divided my class into five small groups and gave two tasks (questions) from the previous lesson to each group. Each group had 3 minutes to decide and 3 minutes to produce the answer in a particular dance move(s). The experiment was a success, as students not only participated and enjoy the activity but throughout the lesson, they were active and participative. On this day I reflected, what makes them so much active during the session? Was it the change in the traditional lesson plan or the dancing?
Majority teachers have just enough time to complete the coursework and reach the term-end goals that there is very little time left to plan activities which are not commonly carried into a classroom. The study suggests that classroom activities that include physical movement may help students to concentrate and pay attention more in the class lessons. Dancing and arts might help a child find joy in self-expression, which may boost their confidence in other areas of their lives. Dancing not only good for the student’s physical well-being, it truly lifts their spirit as well.
Why Dance based activities should be the past of Lesson Plans
Following are some of the reasons why dance-based movements are essential for the students
- Physical Fitness
The greatest thing about dance is it is a fun way to get some exercise that helps students to improve coordination between their mind and body. Resulting in active concentration during the lessons and reduce the boredom which usually students feel during the classroom discussions.
- The Source of Emotional Outlet
Dancing helps students to express in ways that they are generally not during regular school activities, making an emotional connection to music allows students to release tension and connect to their emotions on a higher level.
- Relationship with Peers
Usually, classroom activities include collaborative group-based activities that provide students with opportunities to make a connection with their peer and learn about teamwork. Classroom activities that include dancing offer a similar kind of opportunity where students complete them as a team but in a fun way. Following the steps to dance and creating a final dance performance is a group effort.
I believe it is that not all students are remarkable at sports or any other physical activity. These type activities provide students with different skill sets, the chance to try something new and possibly discover something they love to do. Preparing and then performing the task in a manner which you never attempted before can build confidence and self-reliance in students which may help them in their future ahead.