• Does Incorporating Dance into Elementary School Classrooms Increase Academic Achievement and Enjoyment?

      McLyman, Meghan; Bythrow, Brittney J (2016-05-01)
      The purpose of this research was to determine if incorporating dance into elementary school classrooms increases academic achievement and enjoyment. Throughout this project, an experiment was done with second graders that supported this idea that by adding dance into classroom lessons, students achieve more. These students scored higher on an assessment after including movement into the lesson. Some of them enjoyed the lessons more with dance and others did not. Previous research found that dance helps the student learning process due to its ability to meet diverse needs, its effect on the memory, and increase on student engagement. Dance also connects to Bloom's Taxonomy and Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Students with different disabilities have also shown higher academic achievement when dance is used in their classrooms. It helps with attention and stimulating the brain. Along with this research, four mini units are attached that incorporate dance for teachers to use as examples as to how to incorporate dance into their lessons. These include English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies lesson made for second graders using Massachusetts State Standards and National Dance Standards for second graders. Through the experiment, research, and creation of lesson plans, it can be said that incorporating dance into elementary school classrooms increases academic achievement and may increase overall enjoyment.
    • El Uso De La Música En Las Clases De Español En Los EEUU

      Dávila Gonçalves, Michele; Waldman, Emily (2021-05-01)
      In this thesis I explore the use of music in Spanish classes in the United States. Though there are a few disadvantages, the benefits hugely outweigh them. En esta tesis se exploró el uso de la música en las clases de español en los Estados Unidos. Durante la investigación encontré ejemplos de ventajas y desventajas en el uso de la música en el salón de clases. También, hablé con dos maestras de español y estudiantes. Por lo general, la música tiene más ventajas que desventajas en las clases de español. Entre las ventajas señalé que la música tiene un buen efecto cognitivo en los estudiantes, provee algo divertido para la clase, es un buen ejemplo de texto auténtico y brinda conocimiento sobre la cultura de países hispanohablantes. Además, puede apoyar la gramática, el vocabulario, la pronunciación y la motivación entre los estudiantes. En conclusión, la música es importante en las clases de español y todos los maestros deben usarla.
    • Looking Through the Eyes of Primary School Teachers: A Study of How White Teachers Talk About Race

      Leith, Chad; Dunn, Jessica (2014-05-17)
      A study of how White Primary teachers talk about race was conducted. Two different schools districts from Massachusetts were chosen, along with three different teachers from each district that represented a range of different grade levels. One suburban town North of Boston, Massachusetts, was comprised of primarily White students, while one urban city North of Boston, Massachusetts, was primarily composed of a diversified population of students. After conducting a series of interviews with teachers from each representative school district, results were analyzed to conclude two different teaching strategies used by White teachers when talking about race - a proactive teaching approach and a reactive teaching approach. Both of these teaching approaches proved to be important for all teachers to employ in order to be able to respond to their students' questions about race, as well as appropriately plan different lessons and units that highlight this important topic that impacts the lives of students throughout the United States.