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By: Michele Stevens
In celebration of April being National Poetry Month, Dance ED Tips has decided to do a throwback blog! The author of this blog, Michele Stevens, was my former cooperating teacher and an incredible mentor for me. I hope you enjoy and appreciate her wisdom and this interdisciplinary lesson using dance and poetry as much as I do!
Incorporating poetry into your dance class is a wonderful opportunity for interdisciplinary work. I highly recommend the poetry of Shel Silverstein for your classroom. Many of his poems invite movement, creativity, and most of all kids just adore them!
They are so proud of their choreography and I am impressed year after year! Try Shel Silverstein, you will love it! Every year, after working with his poems, many of my students come back to me and tell me that they have taken his books out from the library. In my mind, this is a major win!
Michele Stevens earned her Ed.M. in Creative Arts Education from the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. She has served on the faculty at Rutgers as well. For the past 28 years, she has taught Dance in the Franklin Township public schools to grades Pre-K to 5. She has mentored many student teachers over the years. Last year, she was awarded the 2018 New Jersey Distinguished Cooperating Teacher Award from the New Jersey Department of Education. Her passion is in Interdisciplinary work and children's choreography.