#ScopeVlog 045: Dancing With Confidence in #PhysEd

#ScopeVlog 045: Dancing With Confidence in #PhysEd

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Things I mentioned in this episode:

The two videos I had the students compare to understand the importance of rhythm, fun and confidence in ALL dances were this SYTYCD video featuring Mollee Gray and this one by Justin Lawrence Hoyt.

Here is the “Pop See Ko” dance link. You can also find the instrumental version on iTunes.

I got the idea for using the “Pop See Ko” dance from the K-2 Dance Module by OPEN.

For the Just Dance videos, I just search for different gameplays on YouTube.

Here are some teachers you should check out on YouTube to find inspiration for your dance units:

Here are the SHAPE America Grade-Level Outcomes that each of my grades focused on through our dance units:

Grade One:

  • Combines locomotor and non-locomotor skills in a teacher-designed dance. (S1.E5.1)
  • Moves in self-space and general space in response to designated beats/rhythms. (S2.E1.1)

Grade Two:

  • Performs a teacher and/or student-designed rhythmic activity with correct response to simple rhythms. (S1.E5.2)
  • Combines shapes, levels and pathways into simple travel, dance and gymnastics sequences. (S2.E2.2)
  • Combines locomotor skills in general space to a rhythm. (S2.E1.2)

Grade Three:

  • Performs teacher-selected and developmentally appropriate dance steps and movement patterns. (S1.E5.3)
  • Employs the concept of alignment in gymnastics and dance. (S2.E4.3a)
  • Combines balance and weight transfers with movement concepts to create and perform a dance. (S1.E12.3)
  • Combines locomotor skills and movement concepts (levels, shapes, extensions, pathways, force, time, flow) to create and perform a dance. (S1.E11.3)

Grade Six:

  • Demonstrates correct rhythm and pattern for one of the following dance forms: folk, social, creative, line, or world dance. (S1.M1.6)
  • Identifies how self-expression and physical activity are related. (S5.M5.6)
  • Recognizes individual challenges and copes in a positive way, such as extended effort, asking for help or feedback, or modifying the tasks. (S5.M3.6)

Thanks for watching and happy teaching!


Joey Feith is the founder of ThePhysicalEducator.com. He currently teaches elementary physical education at St. George’s School of Montreal in Quebec, Canada.