TIPS FOR NEW TEACHERS by Atesh (Anthea, Kawakib)
Professional Performer and Certified Teacher of Middle Eastern Dance
A. BASIC TEACHING PLAN
- Plan at least several classes ahead
- Follow format of
- Incorporate the whole body when practising movements
- Use structured and unstructured learning:
. rote (memory, choreography)
. "follow me"
B. LEARNING BETTER TEACHING
TEACHING METHODS - Structuring the Learning Environment
http://chiron.valdosta.edu/whuitt/col/instruct/instmdls.html - Models of Teaching/Instruction (links & resources)
www.TheStretchingHandbook.com/ - "Why's & How's" of warming up & stretching
C. ADVANCED TEACHING
More CONCEPTS for EXPLORING THE DANCE - Getting Deeper Background on Specific Subjects
Take these concepts into class and explore them with your students. You'll be surprised at how much you can learn with them!
Example: Drum Solo :
• the context (the Drum Solo belongs to what style of dance? Country, culture, setting? In the Oriental Dance suite, when is it traditionally performed?)
• the typical persona of the dancer
• the predominant movement dynamics
- What instruments are involved? Name? Description? Country or cultural origin?
- What is the significance of the Drum Solo?
- What are the significant elements?
- What are the benefits to dancer?
Atesh's other material on Teaching:
- Pre-teaching Questionnaire on Gilded Serpent.com :
"Guide to Teaching Middle Eastern Dance" Table of Contents: