It's hard to find words to describe my students. Napoleon Hill once said, "Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle." I find myself marveling at how much strength and resilience my students have. Despite the struggles that life has put upon them at such a young age, they persevere in their quest for new knowledge. My students amaze me.
As a Fine Arts Teacher, I have the honor to educate every student in our school which includes grades K-5.
I see general education students, special education students, ELL students, students that may be homeless, and more, and they are all brilliant in various ways. All the students I serve are high needs, Title I, and qualify for free lunch. Because of their economic situation, all or most of their performing arts educational enrichment will solely come from me which is a huge responsibility that I am very serious about. The neighborhood around them is ever-changing; however, our school remains a constant strength in their lives.
Every time we look in a mirror we are confronted with an image of our body, and what we see may or may not be the image we have, or would like to have, of ourselves. Self-image refers to the perception, thoughts, and feelings we have about our bodies. A dance team member's personal vision of his/her body is an important part of her psychological health and well-being.
Our goal is to not only be an amazing award-winning dance team, but to help students with confidence, positive self-affirmations, and positive self-image.
The mirror has a powerful effect on students' experiences in dance education. It will be used to support the dance team learning environment by providing immediate visual feedback. It will also allow the students to evaluate the height and shape of their movement, to correct their placement, and to assess the line of their bodies with 100% accuracy. The benefits of using mirrors as instructional tools include the opportunity to easily situate myself to view many students at one time.
With the creation of our dance team last year and their amazing performance in opening for an Orlando Magic Game, our school has provided me with a dance room. But without mirrors, it is almost impossible for our dance team to practice on a competitive level. Our first competition is January 26th and my hope is that our new dance room will have the materials we need to be ready for competition.
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