How Dancing Impacts Students’ Academic Performance
Last week, I experimented with activities with students that included 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. The use of tech and animations in lesson activities is one of my strengths, as I use them heavily in my classrooms, from animated maps to the 3d paper model of the globe. However, my students now easily predict that they will witness or experience new animation or related activity. Therefore, I wanted to experiment with something I am not mastered, and then I started planning a tech-free starter activity. This time students need to perform the recap task in the dance move. I divided my class into five small groups and gave each group two tasks (questions) from the previous lesson. 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 participated and enjoyed the activity, and 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?
Most teachers have just enough time to complete the coursework and reach the term-end goals. There is very little time left to plan activities not commonly carried into a classroom. The study suggests that classroom activities that include physical movement may help students concentrate and pay attention more in-class lessons. Dancing and arts might help a child find joy in self-expression, boosting their confidence in other areas of their lives. Dancing is 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
The greatest thing about Dance is that it is a fun way to get some exercise that helps students improve coordination between their mind and body. Resulting in active concentration during the lessons and reducing the boredom students usually feel during the classroom discussions.
The Source of Emotional Outlet
Dancing helps students express themselves 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 connect with their peers 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 that not all students are remarkable at sports or any other physical activity. These types of activities provide students with different skill sets and the chance to try something new and possibly discover something they love to do. Preparing and then performing the task in a manner that you never attempted before can build confidence and self-reliance in students, which may help them in their future ahead.