Teachers Use Theatre and Dance to Teach Math to Young Students

This popped up today in my Facebook memories from 2016:

Teachers use theatre and dance to teach math to young students.

It only makes sense, since so much of what we try to teach young kids is abstract, and they have nothing to scaffold it onto in terms of life experience or even developmental readiness. In addition, these days many kids miss the “priming” for school we took for granted in the past. This type of play primes the mind for these kinds of concepts. In addition, people understand and remember more from stories (remember those high school teachers you loved because they could relate your curriculum to real life?), and many people benefit from kinesthetic learning.

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My paragraph above refers to this article released by The Washington Post ( February 22, 2016):

Teachers are using theater and dance to teach math — and it’s working.

See also

  • 20160918_155719Janet Lee Hamilton is a teacher/educator with 40 years of experience, a portion of it international (Japan, Norway, Sweden, Whales). She received two Teacher of Excellence Awards. Ms. Hamilton is an ATA (Alberta Teaching Association) facilitator as well as a mentor for public schools and two universities. Her focus is Kindergarten and development in the early years. In this interview, Ms. Hamilton discusses the ultimate learning platform for children as she discusses the Project Approach.
(Variation in spelling theatre/theater due to Canadian/American spelling, respectively.)

About Eva Blaskovic

I am a multi-genre author of literary fiction and fantasy, and writer of non-fiction articles on parenting, writing, education, health, and travel. My background encompasses both the sciences and the arts. I teach at a specialized clinic for learning difficulties and mentor young authors. In addition to writing and teaching, my passions are weather, Indian food, gardening, and music. I have played eight musical instruments and spent many years immersed in taekwondo and karate. In my youth, I was an avid canoeist. I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, grew up in Ontario, Canada, and moved to Alberta in 1988, where I raised four children.
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