TIPS FOR NEW TEACHERS by Atesh (Anthea, Kawakib)
Professional Performer and Certified Teacher of Middle Eastern Dance
540-972-0327 www.kawakib.com

A. BASIC TEACHING PLAN
- Plan at least several classes ahead
- Follow format of
. warmup
. practise
. dance
- Incorporate the whole body when practising movements
- Use structured and unstructured learning:
. rote (memory, choreography)
. "follow me"
. creative

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 :

Describe:
    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 :
http://www.gildedserpent.com/articles5/antheaonteaching.htm

"Guide to Teaching Middle Eastern Dance" Table of Contents:
http://www.kawakib.com/page-10.html