Professional Development for Educators

Barbara Pearson, Dancer/Choreographer

405 Center St. Bethlehem, PA 18018
Tel 610-866-0516, Fax 610-865-3167,


I. Teaching and Learning through Movement

Teachers learn ways to use movement to reinforce basic skills
in Math, Language Arts, and Social Studies.


Sample Program


1.       Introduction

Introduction to presenter and participants

Brief synopsis of materials to be presented

Reflection - “questions I want to have answered”


2.       Background - Research supporting Arts Education and Arts Integration as an essential component of education for all students (30 min.)

§         Dr. Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, and its Application

§         Recent Brain Research its contribution to educational practices


3.       Elements of Dance


4.       Using the Movement and Music in the Curriculum –Participation in exercises demonstrating how movement and music can be used to reinforce science, social studies, mathematics, and language arts

                H2O, What do You Know?” - An Interdisciplinary Curriculum Model 

§         Warm-up - Introduction to the Elements of Dance

§         Science - The Three States of Water and the Water Cycle

§         Sequencing for Meaning 

§         Make a Machine - “How Water Creates the World”

§         Slide Show Game

§         Mathematics - Snowflake Patterns

§         Geometric Gyrations - Mirror exercise, symmetry, flip, turn and slide. 

§         Kaleidoscope - Move the pattern to music

§         Language Arts - Water Poetry - Participants explore expressing poetry through group movement.

§         Curriculum Web Design - In groups participants brainstorm how they might design an interdisciplinary unit with the theme of water.


5.       “Music Motivates Movement ” -Developing Problem Solving and Thinking Skills Through Movement and Music  -                         

Interpreting Rhythm through Movement - note value, meter and rhythm

                        Dance Rhythms - dance rhythms in 2’s, 3’s and 4’s

                        Multicultural Applications

                        Ethnic and Historical Dance - Form and Style


6.       Group Projects


7.       Wrap-up -Group Summary and Reflection                         



II. Applying Multiple Intelligences Theory
through Arts Integration

A workshop for classroom teachers, arts specialists, and artists to

explore the role of the arts in motivating learning, developing

thinking skills, and assessing learning in all areas of the curriculum.

  • Examine how you can help all children succeed in school through practical application of Dr. Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences.
  • Explore the role of the arts in motivating learning, developing thinking skills, and assessing learning in all areas of the curriculum.
  • Experience the creative process as you participate in hands- n exercises in dance, drama, visual arts, creative writing, and music.
  • Build meaningful connections in your curriculum using multiple intelligences and the arts.