Thursday, May 3, 2012

Using the "Evolution of Dance" to Teach "Continuity and Change Over Time"

A significant concept in history is continuity and change over time.  While we often look to examples precisely connected to the content we are teaching, Marzano best practices elevates how the use of metaphors is important for student thinking.  That leads me to question, "What examples can help teachers to connect teaching and learning to concepts?"

A friend recently shared this video of a comedian demonstrating every form of dance over just six minutes.  What if this video were shared with students to begin a conversation about the concept of continuity and change over time?  How has dance continued to change yet retained some commonality over time?

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