It’s September, that means it’s back to school for kids and teachers.
If you’re a teacher, you’re probably knee-deep in lesson planning by now. As important as those are, it’s just as important to squeeze in a little fun with your students. One easy way to do this is by bringing dance into the classroom! It will help you create a stronger relationship with your kiddos and give you the best reputation around.
Here are some benefits that dance can bring to any average classroom.
Dancing Improves Memory
Studies show that the incorporation of one’s body when learning can help with overall memory recall. For example, when teaching new vocabulary, try associating each word with a specific dance or body movement. Even if one of your students forgets the meaning of a word, their muscle memory might kick in to help them recall it. Dancing actually increases neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to adapt to new knowledge and experiences. This will help them with their memory in the long-run!
It Helps Alleviate Stress
Even the youngest of students get stressed sometimes. Maybe they aren’t grasping their multiplication tables or the order of the rainbow, or maybe they have something going on at home. Whatever it may be, everyone could appreciate a moment to stop thinking about it and dance out their jitters and worries – teachers too!
It Sharpens Focus Levels
Learning for 7 straight hours can be exhausting. And so can teaching. If you break up a lesson with a quick, 5 minute dance party, your kiddos will come back refreshed and ready to learn again. This is especially helpful for those students who don’t seem to run out of energy and constantly interrupt your lessons.
It Boosts Self-esteem
Self-esteem is super important when learning! Dancing releases hormones such as serotonin (the feel-good hormone) boosting someone’s mood almost immediately. This will help them to feel more confident and encourage them to want to keep learning new things.
And Lastly, Dancing Creates a Fun (and Safe) Environment!
Soon, you’ll go from just being OK to being the best teacher around! Your students will love coming to your class, which will instill a passion of learning within them that will hopefully continue for the rest of their lives! Providing them with a fun environment will also make them feel safe and comfortable – something they may not feel in other environments.
As you are planning to get back into the swing of things after the (short) summer, try to leave space for a little fun in the classroom. Playing games, listening to music, and dancing will do wonders for both you and your students’ school experience. And if you can, encourage them to sign up for dance classes at All for Dance!