Attention and Focus Strategies for Dance Educators Online Course
Teachers will be equipped with effective cuing and feedback tools and learn attentional focus strategies to enhance their students’ technique, creativity, artistry, and performance.
Five Professional Development Modules
The course consists of five web-based professional development modules. Each module ends with a short “knowledge check” quiz, and a comprehensive quiz wraps up the course. Upon completion, participants can download a certificate to submit to their administrators for up to eight hours of professional development credit.
Each module takes 60 to 90 minutes to work through. Teachers can work through the modules at their own pace, or district coordinators can deliver the course in a one- or two-day workshop, either in person or virtually. For those facilitating the workshop, there is a digital facilitator guide that offers descriptions, pacing, timing, and delivery recommendations for each module as well as module-specific tips, prompts for discussions, and optional further learning activities.
Upon completion of the course, teachers will have developed the following abilities:
- Be aware of the different types of focus of attention and be able to identify their associated physical and mental benefits.
- Know how to use a specific focus of attention to improve foundational movement skills.
- Be able to consciously promote appropriate attentional options as part of a systematic teaching strategy.
- Understand how to develop focus of attention strategies to support the delivery of social and emotional learning (SEL) core competencies.
- Know practical tools and complementary strategies to immediately apply to teaching.
Enhanced Learning, Immediate Benefits
As teachers apply these strategies, they enhance the learning process and promote creativity and artistry for diverse dancing groups. All students can advance their own physical movement abilities and develop focus, attention, and mental skills for enhanced performance. Many of the benefits students experience from these attentional focus strategies are immediate, promoting an instantaneous sense of success and fueling their motivation to learn more.
Seven Years of Access
Participants have seven years of access to the materials—setting it apart from many other dance education professional development courses, which are one-off distance-learning classes. With Attention and Focus Strategies for Dance Educators Online Course, teachers can revisit the modules and bring the practical applications and downloadable content into their classrooms after taking the course, which is aligned with the key requirements of the National Dance Society’s 2020 National Dance Education Standards Framework.
Exceptional Teaching Tools
Attention and Focus Strategies for Dance Educators Online Course provides dance educators with highly effective teaching tools to use in dance instruction for a range of skill levels and learning abilities. Through a series of practical explorations, the course brings theory to life as it helps teachers focus their delivery and instruction to develop the attention of their students and promote optimum movement outcomes and learning for all.
AudienceResource for K-12 dance or arts coordinators, K-12 dance educators, freelance dance educators, studio owners and teachers, directors of education and engagement at professional dance companies, teachers of dance for all abilities and disabilities, and dance for health teaching artists.
Module 2. Comparing Internal and External Focus of Attention—How an External Focus of Attention Can Support Learning and Enhance Physical Performance
Module 3. External Focus Teaching Strategies—Exploring a Rich Spectrum of Teaching Possibilities
Module 4. Applying External Focus of Attention to Enhance Performance—The Key to Unlocking Students’ Optimal Performance Potential
Module 5. Promoting Inclusion Through External Focus of Attention—Welcoming Diverse Learners and Skills Levels With the Support of an External Focus of Attention