Children are naturally active, and movement is one of the eight multiple intelligences identified by Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education Howard Gardner. Dance is an excellent way for students to learn, and express what they have learned, in other subject areas. It’s a way for students to express ideas, plus it encompasses problem-solving, cooperation and collaboration. In fact, children who may not be successful in a standard academic setting often excel with creative dance activities.
In this video segment, learn how Dr. Marianne McAdam, director of the dance minor program at Eastern Kentucky University, integrates creative dance with another subject area. She guides a group of fourth grade students in creating a dance based on the book “The Loon Spirit,” a Native American story, as a way to reinforce reading comprehension and understanding of the story. WATCH: http://to.pbs.org/1AphW8S