Minute Masterclass Episode 57

Welcome to your one-minute masterclass. I’m Andrea Trench, founder of DiscoverDance. Today, we are beginning a new series on the principles of brain-compatible dance education, also known as brain-based learning. These principles were created by Anne Green Gilbert and are discussed in her second edition book, Brain-Compatible Dance Education. She writes “Dance educators aim to develop holistic movers that are skilled technicians, critical thinkers, innovative creators, successful collaborators, and respectful responders.” 

Using the latest neuroscience research, we can foster a learning environment where all parts of the brain are engaged and deep learning is present. We do this, even in our early childhood dance classes by incorporating these 10 brain-based learning principles: Present a Meaningful Curriculum, Provide an Enriched Environment, Give Meaningful Feedback, Include Opportunities for Emotional Engagement, Encourage Social Interaction, Present a Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum, Alternate Teacher- Directed and Student- Centered Activities, Provide Both Novel and Repetitious Experiences, Offer a Curriculum that is Holistic and Meaningful, Provide Information about Nutrition and Sleep. 

Join us for the next ten weeks as we explore each of these principles and how we apply them to our early childhood dance programs. For more information, visit DiscoverDance.com.

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