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Student Feedback...
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"...I also think our dance teacher, Mrs. Pearson is very kind, talented, and works very hard to try to have fun...In dance class our bodies' muscles are stretched and pulled and excercised. This feels wonderful! I love when Mrs. Pearson recites colorful rhymes with vivid sentences and words..."

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Comments by Mrs. Bender's fourth grade students after an Artist-in-Residence Dance Program with Barbara Pearson, March 18, 1998:

I Learned...

  • how to do a presentation in front of friends and family and being part of a group. AH

  • that dancing isn't all jumping. It can have a theme, like nature. JF

  • how not to be nervous at a performance. JCT

  • that dance doesn't have to be a dance that is already made up. I liked how our class can use their imaginations and how well we worked together. KA

  • that even though we're not animals or the sun, we can still act like them. KF

  • that we have to cooperate. I had fun having Mrs. Pearson here. LY

  • not to worry about what other people do but to concentrate on yourself. KB

  • that I can have a good time dancing with everyone. LV

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Quotes from students about dance residencies


Eighth Graders, Holy Infancy School, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania:

"Being in the front, I've also been there before but dancing was a different story. I really learned that if I put my mind to it I can always definitely handle it."

"I liked the idea that we got to form our own dance from our ideas that we had shared."

"I learned a lot about Mars, the way it moves, what it looks like, and the way others think about Mars. It was fun learning about the planets and dancing out the ideas."

"I think when you let us give our opinion I started to enjoy it."

"I really admired the patience you had with us because if someone else had taught us they would have given up on us. " dance

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"I learned that you must work first, and you must enjoy what you are doing before really performing it well."

"I liked how you tied everything in with reading."

"At first I wasn't interested in dance but now I see more in dance. It is fun, interesting, and sort of easy and hard."

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Comments from teachers

"I was really impressed with your preparation for each class and each group."

"You've given me some great ideas for incorporating movement into my classroom curriculum."

"I found that the children who are not usually the leaders or who do not excel in class were able to remember the steps in the short time we had to practice and lead others in the dance."

"The movement experiences helped the children to improve their language skills and their vocabulary. The children also learned to identify positions and spatial relationships physically and verbally. They also learned to follow directions and to listen better"

"I plan to use some of Mrs. Pearson's ideas for group activities to promote cooperation" dance

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"I found connections with language arts. Some examples of writing we did during the experience were outlining, poetry, letter writing, summarizing, and oral presentation."

"I find the movement good for helping the students relax and refocus."

"I feel the children understood that movement, rhythms, music can help us in other areas too. They learned they could work together, develop an idea, come up with a finished product--COOPERATIVE EFFORT--this is definitely a plus."

"I came away with more ideas on how to use movement and music in other subject areas in my classroom. Our reading theme was used directly in connection with our movement sessions."

"I learned that to dance is more than listening to rap music and jumping around like a nut."

"The staff development was stress-relieving and a faculty morale booster." dance

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Teachers' responses to the "Disabled, Empowered and Proud" residencies (East Hills Middle School, Bethlehem, PA):
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What Administrators Say about Professional Development

Dance Residency, Holy Infancy School, Bethlehem, PA, 1996:

"Mrs. Pearson communicated well with both staff and students. In her sessions with three core groups she consistently stretched the students' minds and imaginations as she honed in on integrating literature, math and social studies with elements of dance and creative movement. She was outstanding in her preparedness and enthusiasm in teaching students ranging from pre-school to eighth grade. In our urban school we have a number of students who have special needs. Mrs. Pearson was able to channel their energy so that it worked in a positive way for the good of the group. By the end of the residency the students had created several original movement pieces which they demonstrated at a parents' meeting. It was without a doubt one of the best received programs we have had.  (continued) dance

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Mrs. Pearson's residency at our school helped students to recognize their own capabilities and to find expression for ideas in appropriate and pleasing form. She enabled faculty to continue to integrate creative movement with curricula, and she provided parents with the opportunity to appreciate and value the creative process with their children."

Sister Therese Dowd, S.S.J., Holy Infancy School:

The quality of Mrs. Pearson's lessons, her sensitivity to the needs of the students, her planning and communication with the staff, and her commitment to quality of education and the creative process makes her an artist I would like to invite back to Holy Infancy School. dance

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