Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dance Class Uses Video to Improve Skills

Ms. Amanda Chadney's Dance class recently spent time in the computer lab viewing a video of their dance class in order to evaluate their dance. Students answered the following questions:

  • What do you feel you are learning by watching yourself dance on the video?
  • What do you feel are your strengths in this dance?
  • What areas do you feel you need to improve in order to perform this dance at a "4"?

Students also reflected on how they felt about the dance and their overall performance of the dance. Students also watched a person in their group dance and commented on their strengths and weaknesses. Some of the comments from the students included:

  • "I’m learning that when you dance, you aren't always doing what you think you are."
  • "I am learning that there is always something that can be improved on."
  • "I have also learned that when you smile it makes the dance look so much better."
  • "Sometimes I have terrible pirouettes but other time they are amazing so I need to work on getting them right every time."
  • "I have to bring my head up. I also have to put on some facial expressions because my face was blank."
  • "It was a good song to dance to because it was slow. I liked the way that we start on the ground and rise up. I like the hand thing that we did. I like we did cool things with the jazz squares. Finally I liked that we danced in small groups at the end. It was so fun."
  • "She had good expression. She only needs to look up when she dances."
  • "Her strengths are her kick ball change, pivot turns, hands, expressions on her face, and staying on beat."
By using the video, students were able to improve their dance skills while writing thoughtful and reflective critiques about their individual dance and their peers' dance.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Project Gateway Underway at Hernandez Middle School

Mr. Scott Smith's Gateway to Technology class is exploring Engineering. Students are learning about careers in Engineering and what engineers do. Students have been researching answers to questions about the engineering field. Students will explore design and modeling and robotics throughout the year. The class is open to 7th grade students for the 2011-2012 school year. Students are able to obtain 1/2 High School credit for each year of Project Gateway they take in Middle School.