Program activates bodies and brains to engage learning
Park Terrace students are moving and grooving their way to success in school with a little help from the Skidmore College Dance Department.
“We work hard to engage our students and make learning fun,” said Principal Brian DiPasquale. “We know that our best learning happens when our brains and our bodies are focused and ready.”
The Dance to Success (D2S) project integrates movement into the daily classroom routine, getting children out of their chairs and participating in short bursts of energy that engage their bodies and brains to learn by improving focus and increasing engagement.
While working recently with pre-kindergarten through second-grade classes, the D2S project educators integrated dance to teach core content with movement based on the children’s story, “Arrow to the Sun. A Pueblo Indian Tale” by Gerald McDermott. This provided students an opportunity to experience literature, move their bodies and have fun at the same time.
When Skidmore dance educators are not on site, Park Terrace classes still participate in the D2S project by following daily movement videos to support active engagement in learning.