Physical education teachers have two very large goals: to engage students in physical activity and educate them about the importance and benefits of health and fitness. Having an entertaining experience is only one of the many benefits of integrating rhythmic concepts and activities into your physical education curriculum.
Why Teach Rhythmic Movement and Dance in PE?
Rhythmic movements and dance provide opportunities for students to develop fundamental movements and improve their ability to focus on knowledge application within the framework of rhythmic skills.
Students can experience awareness of the movement of the body and its creative potential, while also exploring self-expression and communication via the whole self. Rhythmic movement activities and lessons on fitness and health can be interwoven with discussions of culture, history, and art. The connection of rhythmic movement to other areas of study and the wider world makes it an excellent way to help students develop motor and sensory skills in an engaging way.
Rhythmic Movement Activity Guide & Equipment
The Rhythmic Movement Program from Sportime featuring SPARK is available to help physical educators to introduce rhythmic movement concepts and activities. The program, which includes three helpful resources, gives educators what they need to help their students utilize individual expression and small group collaboration skills in the framework of five themes.
The five themes of the Rhythmic Movement Program include:
- Movement Bands
- Jump Rope
Engage students in rhythmic movement activities with a variety of hand-selected physical education equipment. The Rhythmic Movement Equipment Kit aligns with the included activity guide and provides all of the items needed to teach all of the lesson plans. There is enough equipment in the set to teach a class of 36 but can be customized to meet classes of any size.
Rhythmic Movement Professional Development Workshop
The development of rhythmic movement skills is an integral component of motor development and sensory integration for every student. This active and FUN workshop will explore the pedagogy of teaching rhythmic movement and share strategies and activities to integrate these concepts into physical education units. Activities are designed to utilize individual expression, small group collaboration, few rules, and meaningful practice to maximize student engagement.
Activities and techniques in the first part of the workshop are presented via 5 themes – Drumming, Movement Bands, Manipulatives, Jump Rope and Dance. The strategies showcased represent a compilation of more than 25 years of lessons learned from benchmark studies! The second part of the workshop uses discussion and peer teaching to reinforce concepts learned and give hands-on practice with skills and equipment used in the workshop.