Lida: September 11

The example above is using repetition and Total Physical Response (TPR) to teach new vocabulary. An important part of being able to exit from Excell is being able to follow simple directions. On this day, we learned

  • inside
  • outside
  • left
  • right
  • forward
  • backward
  • square
  • triangle
  • rectangle
  • knees
  • shoulders
  • hands
  • fingers
  • elbows

In this video, we had to create a shape with our bodies, as a group, without talking. This reinforces the unit on geometrical shapes, which is important in following classroom directions (circle the correct response…) and, as students move on to geometry, it will reinforce the English words for shapes.

It may seem silly to go over the alphabet with high school students, but for some, this is still shaky territory. Imagine having to spell your name to someone in a language you don’t know, simply because the person is unfamiliar with your name…

One of the five elements of dance is SPACE. Even at this level of English, we can use TPR to explain the concept of where our bodies are in space. Incorporation of the elements of dance is essential in the arts integration process.



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