Teacher Tip of the Week: Using Placement Markers for Classroom Management

Miss Jessica uses scarves during story time and warm ups so children have a spot to sit.

Miss Jessica uses scarves during story time and warm ups so children have a spot to sit.

We’ve all had those classes: Walk in, ready to teach and the kids are running around the room like crazy people! As a new teacher, we ask politely to listen and stop running. One, two…TEN times. Finally our pleading may result to screaming, frustration and unnecessary discipline. Here’s a simple, and easy trick to help children know their spots and where they need to be at all times during dance class.

In classes, especially preschool aged, it’s helpful to use “markers” or “spots” in class to help children know where to stand, sit, or be while waiting for instructions. For warm ups, this is as simple as a mat the kids can stand on. Across the floor, it can be differentiated between two points. “Today we are going to skip from the cat to the unicorn!” (we like using stuffed animals but you can also use cones, markers, hoola hoops, etc). When it’s time for choreography, using Masking Tape (which can easily be removed) with a sticker on it, will help kids stand in their correct places! Try this teacher Tip of the Week! Let us know how you liked it!

Dancers in our City of Edgewater classes, are spread out equally in a circle when they have a spot to stand on.  Photo: Deanna Trevizo

Dancers in our City of Edgewater classes, are spread out equally in a circle when they have a spot to stand on.
Photo: Deanna Trevizo

What is SPARKLE?

Dance Exploration, LLC has quickly grown to become Colorado’s Premier dance and performing arts program for children! We have created a unique management principle called #SPARKLE
Here’s a little about how #SPARKLE works

SPARKLE

S is for Systems
Dance Exploration has created a unique system of policies, procedures, training, continued education and staff evaluations to ensure the success of all of our Staff Members!

P is for Pledge
Dance Exploration management pledges to readily available for all Staff Members. To answer questions, solve problems, and lend a helping hand.

A is for Ambitions
Dance Exploration is extremely goal oriented. Therefore we set attainable goals for our staff members and travel along every step of the way.

R is for Regiments
We believe in team work! We have a moto that our Staff isn’t working for us, but rather working with us! Join us in our common goal!

K is for Knowledge
Dance Exploration believes in continued education and training so we can have the best Dance Educators in the industry!

L is for Leadership
We try to create independent leaders in every one of our Staff Members with frequent evaluations and feedback to always foster improvement.

E is for Express
As in Express Yourself! We are an open door to communication! We know two heads are better than one and five heads are better than two!

Do you want to #SPARKLE too?
Apply for a great Dance Exploration Career on our Career Page

What is PURPLE?

Dance Exploration has created a new hiring campaign to find the perfect Dance Educators to join our team for the 2014/2015 school year!
Are You #PURPLE

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P is for Passionate!
We want Educators and Staff Members who are passionate about Dance Exploration and our mission ‘Dance to Learn!’

U is for Uniquely Talented!
We want our Educators to be creative, artistic and unique in their teaching styles and curriculum. They will then help us continue to develop our ‘Dance to Learn!’ Curriculum for years to come!

R is for Respectful!
We want our Educators and Staff Members to respect our students by teaching in a positive “Yes” Environment. Our teachers should know how to respect their peers, school staff and parents. Most importantly, our teachers should respect themselves and be great role models!

P is for Professional!
Our Educators and Staff Members should be organized and reliable individuals with out going personalities and great communication skills!

L is for Love Kids!
We are a youth organization! The first question we ask in all our interviews is, “Why do you love kids?”

E is for Educated!
We are looking for Educators that are looking to continue their knowledge in Dance and Theater Education by completing Dance Exploration Training Courses!

If you feel You Are #PURPLE visit Our Career Page to apply for a Dance Exploration Career! A Career that Sparkles!