Questions to use to start developing a new embodied learning exercise:
- What topic in your course is important but hard to teach, or one you would like your students to understand more deeply?
- What is the main pedagogical goal of the exercise?
- List any important sub-goals or concepts:
- List some important terms that will get students thinking about these concepts: (for use in warm-ups)
- What kind of warm-up will you do? (Choose from list from toolbox)
Such as: Walk and talk, Ask a Question
- What music will be used? Who will provide it, and using what device?
- Describe the introductory dance-making/embodiment exercise(s)
- Describe the main dance-making/embodiment exercise
- In addition to the dance-making/embodiment exercise, what other elements will you use? Video? PowerPoint?
- How will the participants reflect on the experience at the end?
Oral: Walk and talk, Ask a Question, small group, open discussion
Written: Questionnaire, open narrative
- How much time have you scheduled for discussion? This is important, and opportunities should be frequent.
- What difficulties do you foresee, and how will you deal with them?
Next Step: turn these answers into an ordered lesson plan, complete with physical shakeout, warm-up, time estimates, discussion opportunities, reflection, and possibly evaluation.