February 5, 2018 - Olivia Mode-Cater
Dance ED Tip #21:
What to do when a dancer is sitting out with an injury
- The injured student only observes
- The injured student takes notes on the class
- The teacher builds a parallel lesson plan that supports the learning objectives of the lesson
- The dancer reads a dance article and writes a summary
The ideal solution is obviously to build a parallel lesson plan that reaches the same learning objectives being covered for the rest of the students; however, this requires you knowing about the injury ahead of time (which rarely happens) and will take up a lot of time to plan. I know dance teachers that do this and I commend them for their incredible dedication to their students and their thoughtful teaching practice. I also think that this strategy can be more easily done when teaching dance history, anatomy, nutrition, and etc. I find that this can be quite difficult to do when teaching just a straight technique class.
1. It takes less planning time on my behalf because it is a standard assignment that can fit any type of technique class.
2. It can work for the same student several times in a row or throughout the year.
3. It is a way for students to earn the same amount of points for the day as the students who are moving. This makes grading easier for me.
4. It forces the injured student to pay attention to important things in the class that they should be paying attention to.
5. It saves you classroom time because it can become a procedure that students know how to do. You can have copies printed in a folder or it can be uploaded to your class website. Any student with an injury knows what to do and can immediately get to work.
- The injured student must know that they have to complete this before the end of class. It is not to be a homework assignment.
- This worksheet is not appropriate for a student with a long-term injury. When that happens, I create a bigger project that supports the learning objectives of the unit. The maximum I would use this is for is 5 consecutive days.