Posts Tagged ‘Susan Bennett’

Words of Wisdom

A 23-columnist salute to 11 years of ideas, insight, and inspiration by Tamsin Nutter Some days you just need a little advice and encouragement—whether on preschoolers, degagés, or taxes—to pin on the staff bulletin board or mull over in the bathtub at night, from a trusted friend who’s been there, done that, and understands exactly…

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Tips for Preschool Teachers | Become a Classroom Zen Master

by Susan Bennett We think of a Zen master as a wise and hyperaware person who brings goodness and joy, practices deep contemplation, and has great insight. With the following tips, such mastery in the preschool dance classroom can be yours. Contemplate deeply what is developmentally appropriate for your preschool students. A master teacher should…

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Tips for Preschool Teachers | Jump on the Beat

by Susan Bennett Here’s a fun game in which students jump into circles on the beat. The objectives are to learn how to travel safely and anticipate when to jump by counting and feeling the beat. First, create circles or any geometric shapes, two to three feet in diameter, on the floor using tape. (Test…

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Tips for Preschool Teachers | Exploring Personal Space & Group Shapes

by Susan Bennett Modern dance allows preschoolers the freedom to explore and enjoy movement, personal space, and group shapes without the rigidity of technical steps or formations. The rewards of this freedom are coordination and confidence. Explore levels. Say, “Without touching anyone, make your body as tall or high as you can.” Many students will…

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Tips for Preschool Teachers | Teaching Global Dance

by Susan Bennett Teaching global (world) dances to preschoolers is easy and fun when you focus on elements of dance. All global dances have common elements: tempo, formation, purpose, and specific steps. Set the rhythm with up-tempo music. (Look for the genre “World Music,” which generally represents various global cultures, online or in stores.) Have…

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Tips for Preschool Teachers | Clear Instructions and Key Words

by Susan Bennett Tip 1 Clear instructions create a successful, fun, and safe environment for preschool students. Preschoolers are eager to follow instructions, have fun, and please the teacher. They need clear, brief, and literal instructions. Clear instructions include what, where, and how: What action students should perform Where students should be within the classroom…

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Tips for Preschool Teachers | Performance Prep

by Susan Bennett Tip 1 Preschool encompasses a wide age range, from children in diapers to kids soon entering kindergarten. As your older students prepare for competitions and recitals, make sure to consider what type of performance might suit your preschoolers’ developmental needs, as well as the needs of their families and your studio. Consider…

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