In this class, young learners will choose songs from a princess-themed playlist, then practice actively listening and moving their bodies during a lively game of freeze dance! We will welcome students by singing a quick personalized hello song to each learner before offering each child the opportunity to pick a song from an interactive slideshow for inclusion in our session. We will engage in a series of warm-up exercises to get our bodies ready to dance, play a fun and fast-paced game of...
-Students will practice listening to and moving their bodies to self-chosen music. -Students will practice listening and responding to verbal and musical cues to participate in a freeze dance game.
I hold my MS in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College at Boston University, and I am professionally certified in Early Childhood, Moderate Disabilities, English as a Second Language, and Sheltered English Immersion in the state of Massachusetts. I have ten years of teaching experience at the early childhood level in a wide variety of racially, ethnically, linguistically, and neurologically diverse settings--lab, private, public, home-based, non-profit, co-op, and virtual--throughout the Greater Boston area. As co-founder of the National SEED Project Emily Style so adeptly summarized in her 1988 essay "Curriculum as Window and Mirror", curriculum should function "both as window and as mirror, in order to reflect and reveal most accurately both a multicultural world and the student herself or himself". This means that it is intrinsically important for ALL educators--including those who may not be members of a marginalized group themselves--to expose every student, regardless of their personal identity markers, to a multiplicity of cultures and ways of being in the world. To ensure that I am up to this crucial task, I have continuously pursued and successfully completed the following graduate-level coursework related to multicultural, multilingual, inclusive, and antiracist instruction over the past seven years: * Racial and Cultural Identities-Wheelock College at Boston University * Introduction to Inclusive Early Childhood Education Settings-Wheelock College at Boston University * Effective Sheltered English Instruction: Second Language Acquisition-Wheelock College at Boston University * Impact of Special Needs: Early Childhood-Wheelock College at Boston University * Mathematical Learning for Diverse Learners-Wheelock College at Boston University * Becoming a More Equitable Educator: Mindsets and Practices-Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
-socks, bare feet, or closed-toe shoes -a bottle of water nearby
25 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
***Please note: For optimal safety during the movement portions of our class, families should ensure students are prepared with the following: -an open space, free of obstacles, for movement -closed toe shoes, socks, or bare feet (no sandals or flip flops, please!) -a water bottle -family supervision, if family feels it is necessary ***Costumes are welcome! Please note that all costumes must be age appropriate and secular (non-religious). Any costumes will be vetted by the instructor to ensure that they meet these Outschool standards. ***Masks are welcome! However, masks should be removed for identification during the first four minutes of class to meet safety and privacy policies. ***There will be opportunities for moving our bodies to princess-themed music throughout the entire class session. Students are welcome to draw along in a game of "freeze draw" instead, if they prefer!