Your Choice  Dance Teaching Assignment

Remember Teaching is Learning

3 parts - Dance Activity Description, Teaching in class, Reflection after teaching
(110 total points)


This assignment has three parts, a written part, a presentation part and a reflection part.  Select or create an activity that can be presented in 10-12 minutes.  You cannot teach a dance or rhythmic activity that has been presented in class (see calendar) or an activity that is taught by another student. You will be assigned a teaching date.  This is also the date that your written paper describing the activity is due. If you do not submit a hard copy of your activity description during class time on the date you are scheduled to teach.  You will not be able to teach your activity and loose the 50 teaching points.  You can submit the hard copy after class but 50% of the points will be taken off for a late paper before it is grades.  You will also loose the reflection points since you did not teach.


Part 1 = 40 points maximum

Due:  On the day when you are scheduled to teach See Teaching Dates.  If you do not have a paper copy you will loose the 40 points

Teaching Dance Activity Description

1. Identify the title of your activity: (1 point)
2. What was your reason for selecting this activity?  (2 points)
3. Select one grade level such as; Pre-school, Elementary K-2, Elementary 3-5, Middle school 6-8, or High school 9-12. (1 point)  Explain why this dance is appropriate for this grade level. (2 points)

4. List the equipment if needed (type and quantity)  Identify your music selection title and artist. Remember to include a CD player or MP3 (IPod) player if needed, LCD or computer. Add the URL for any video or online source.  (2 points)

5.Write one psychomotor outcome and one cognitive outcome:.
  As a result of participating in this dance activity students will : (3 points for each outcome for a 6 points total )  Be specific about what is learned..

 6. Include background information such as historical or cultural information about the dance. When was it popular or where did it originate? Any information about the music or artist.  (3 points)

7.Identify the instructional strategy you will use in your presentation. See Instructional Strategies listed under Resources on my webpage. Explain why this Instructional Strategy will be effective for this activity. (5 points)

 8. Participant formation: How will participants be organized?  Lines (single, double, parallel, multiple), single circle, double circle, random formation? Does the formation change during the dance? What is the advantage of using this formation in your teaching or in the student's learning ? (3 points)

9. Provide a detailed description of  the dance movements. What is the order of the steps in your presentation?  This includes identifying the specific steps and counts for each step or describing the movements in the order you will teaching them if you are not using specific counts. This is similar to the basic steps assignment you completed earlier in the semester.   (10 points)

10.  Describe the type of visual support are you using for your dance? Why did you choose that type of visual support? (5 points)

Plan to use a visual display to support your teaching.  This can be pictures, list of steps, picture of the formation or background information. You can use the LCD and computer as the visual.  You need demonstrate how you incorporate this visual during your teaching. Make sure the visual can be viewed from a minimum of 15 feet.


Part 2 = 50 points maximum

Teaching Dance Activity Presentation There are two options available for in class teaching. First, teach live to your peers or second create an instructional video that your peers can follow while projected on a computer to an LCD and shown on the wall while you also narrate and demonstrate.



  1. Equipment is ready (music, equipment and visual is up and ready to use in your teaching)  Being prepared is expected.  If you are not prepared you cannot teach.
  2. Presenter is professionally dressed in HES Shirt.  No HES shirt will result in a minus 5 points
  3. Presentation demonstrates high energy level and enthusiasm for teaching, voice level can be heard.  15 points = high energy, 10 points = medium energy, 5 points = minimal energy
  4. Uses verbal and/or gestures for cueing throughout the presentation. 5 points = uses both verbal and gestures, 3 points = only verbal cues, 0 points = no cues used
  5. Demonstrates rhythmical accuracy in counting when demonstrating a movement = 10 points    Off the beat while demonstrating = 5 points.
  6. Provides corrective or affirmative feedback a minimum of one time while teaching = 5 points.  Feedback only at the end of the activity = 2 points  Saying only Good Job is not acceptable.
  7. Uses a visual display during teaching to support content (visual is clear and can be easily viewed) = 5 points  Has visual up but does not use it or visual is not clearly viewed. = 2 points   No visual = 0 points
  8. Demonstration of movements is clear and uses full energy.  Accurately uses mirroring when facing students.  Clear demonstration = 10 points.   Demonstration not clear or lacks energy = 5 points

Part 3 =  20 points maximum

Reflection of Teaching Dance Activity   Due the next class after you taught your activity. 

The reflection is completed after you teach your activity. Use a minimum one page, double spaced reflection up to a maximum two pages to answer the following four questions:

1. What part of your activity teaching was successful?  Explain what worked well. (5 points)

2. What would you change about your teaching if you teach this activity another time?  Explain how you would make the change. (5 points)

3. How did you incorporate your visual into your teaching?  Was it successful?  (5 points)

4. How did you prepare to teach this activity?  What research did you do to find your activity? Practice?  Create materials? (5 points)

Teaching Dance Activity Assessment Form