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Set up home base spaces to give structure to class

Give each student a specific location in the dance space that acts as his or her “home base.” The student can take this spot when listening to directions. It can mark the place to be for the beginning of each exercise or activity. The spot...

Shorten activities

Some kids might not be able to focus for a long time on one activity or may become tired. Short movement games could be alternated between dance exercises....

Shorten movement tasks and dance exercises

Short and specific movement tasks work better than long ones. Some kids might not be able to focus for a long time on one activity. Structure the class in short, interesting, and contrasting experiences. Movement games could be alternated between dance exercises....

Simplify and repeat instructions

Some kids might need instructions to be made simpler and dance movements repeated multiple times. You may need to limit the amount of information given, so that only one step is explained at a time....

Use a visual schedule

Use a visual schedule for each session that kids can see at all times. This will help them remember the sequence of activities in the class if they have missed instructions....

Have a consistent lesson format

Set a lesson format. This will help provide structure, and set up behavioural expectations. Students often feel more secure and less anxious when they know what to expect. Make things predictable by having a consistent routine at each session....

Top tips for attention concerns

Video Transcript: Here are some simple tips for teachers to ensure that children who have challenges with paying attention can participate in dance. Minimise background noise and other distractions when communicating Engage the child’s attention, through making eye contact before giving instructions. Encourage the child to stand where they...