Where it started: “Come and Dance!”

Lots has been written about how and why I brought math and dance together for young learners but it all started here: with the joy, the expression, the sounds, the rhythmic structure of traditional percussive dance.

This is a style of Canadian step dance. Small pieces of movement and rhythm combine to create a gorgeous improvisation. Children can use the elements of percussive dance to create their own gorgeous foot-based, math-based creations.

Malke Rosenfeld delights in creating rich environments in which children and their adults can explore, make, play, and talk math based on their own questions and inclinations. Her upcoming book, Math on the Move: Engaging Students in Whole Body Learning, will be published by Heinemann in Fall 2016.

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