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Transcript of Why dance?
The first things I discovered were:
just how long my students had been dancing for
just how committed they are to their dance lessons
just how matter of fact they are about this!
The inquiry process and my BAPP
journey has given me many things
both personally and professionally:
What motivates my students to
give up their free time to come to
How as a dance teacher can I increase that motivation?
In order to find out what motivates my students, and what doesn't, I needed to ask them directly.
These motivations suggested four main groups:
My artifact was developed to:
to share aspects of my inquiry with other teachers
to allow me to continue my own reflective practice
to produce something that can be continually updated and
a study of adolescent motivation
So I asked my students from
two dance schools to help
me find out more...
Each student gave multiple
reasons for attending dance class
love of dance
Students shared their thoughts
on aspects of class that affected
their motivation with honesty and
Four major themes emerged:
How the teacher approaches
her students and her general
Building relationships with peers
and teachers, feeling valued and
included as individuals.
Variety of class content,
music, and self-expression.
Praise for effort not just
mastery and correction
look outside of the syllabus
afford more time for student input
get to know students' motivations
share responsibility for learning
greater confidence in myself
greater trust in others
the need for inquiry in practice
the need for active involvement
the importance of talking/ sharing
the importance of listening/ reflecting
image: "dancing kids" courtesy of sattva
"...it goes from being really happy and me feeling brilliant to it being a little bit awkward and everyone feeling really uncomfortable..." (Student 05)
"Humour, I feel, can really change the mind
set of a dancer so I feel more confident + motivated when I laugh or someone makes a joke"
"SO much fun seeing the girls again! Makes that class worth while" (Student 08)
"There’s a set couple of people that get pretty
much all the attention, and then the rest of
us are just sort of like we could do
anything..." (Student 12)
"...a feel good song always motivates me" (Student 02)
"I like having different types of it because tap I find you can really get bouncy and that and ballet’s
quite lyrical sort of thing... And I like having the variety of stuff I do" (Student 01)
"...you have your own style so you can do it in whatever way"
"...bogged down with improvements and absolutely nothing has been positive"
"...when I get praise, for my work, it makes me work harder"