Engaging Students Through Movement/Arts Integration

Thursday, August 9, 2018
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Start Time:9:00 AM

End Time: 12:00 PM



Poetry in Movement

Why Dance?

Movement engages students in active learning! Movement and creative dance provide an opportunity to reach kinesthetic learners in a way that allows them to process and retain information efficiently. Join dance teaching artist Kimberli Boyd to explore warm-ups, creative movement learning activities, and simple structures for composing dances that involve students in active learning.


Whether your students are learning a new language, building a bolder vocabulary or discovering more dynamic descriptive word choices, movement provides an active approach to understanding nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, simile, and metaphor. This interactive and participatory workshop will share strategies that integrate best practices in teaching with elements and principles of dance. The result is a simple yet highly effective approach to enhancing student engagement, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and much more.

Objectives for the Workshop

Teachers will:


  • the basic elements of dance;
  • how to identify the movement potential in a poem topic

Be able to:

  • apply specific strategies for using simile and metaphor to write a free verse poem
  • apply structures that use improvisation to create dances inspired by prom theme introduced in the workshop.


  • the value of integrating movement and creative dance with poetry as a means of supporting student engagement, critical thinking, collaboration and creative expression.

Arts-Integration Workshop Introduction

LAYING A FOUNDATION: DEFINING ARTS INTEGRATION For Administrators, Arts Specialists, Teaching Artists, and Teachers of All Grade Levels Many of the Kennedy Center's professional development offerings are based on a philosophy and practice of teaching called arts integration. So what is arts integration? This session unpacks the Kennedy Center's definition and gives you the opportunity to uncover the characteristics of quality integration. In addition, the session includes your participation in an arts-integrated lesson and examines how arts-integrated instruction aligns with current learning principles and best practice.


Registration is free to SOEL members.

Washtenaw ISD

1819 S. Wagner Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

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Washtenaw Intermediate School District
1819 S. Wagner Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 994-8100