I've started incorporating a dance in our morning routine. It's been going really well, except for one student who says he's mortified every morning during the dance. He is typically very go-with-the-flow and has a positive attitude, so I know it must be affecting him if he feels the need to say something about it. Have you ever had a student who was this uncomfortable with the dancing? If so, how did you handle it?
Actually, I have had a few very resistant children. One that comes to mind was was ADHD, ODD, and all around just plain obstinant. As time went on he eventually joined in. How was this accomplished? In steps.
Week 1: I would invite him to join. When he said "no," I said, "Okay."
Week 2: I told him he did not have to dance, but he did have to stand up to get his blood circulating.
Week 3: I asked that at the part of the song where giving a quick handshake was required that he participate for 'his classmates sake.'
Week 4 - 6: I would circulate throughout the room and do a few of my Vasicek dance moves around him for just a brief moment.
Eventually, he got caught up in the momentum of energy that the class created and he started doing little moves. I wouldn't draw too much attention to it at the time, but I would occasionally comment later that it looked like he had a good time kickin' off his morning.
I liken all this to how you approach a strange dog. You have to give them space. You have to slowly introduce them to an environment in which they still feel safe and in control. Once they feel comfortable, you got 'em!
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