This week we are featuring a dynamic duo from Tempe High School, Amber Townes and Jordan Donovan. Amber teaches dance and Jordan teaches dance and yoga at Tempe. As you will see in their video, these two are creative collaborators who work on creating connections for their students.
The idea of teaching dance and yoga first virtually, and then in a hybrid setting can be daunting. Jordan explains, “This year, we have felt a range of emotions. We went from feeling overwhelmed to hopeful, to stuck, unsure what to do or where to start, and then back to being motivated. Through all this we realized, the best thing for us to do is to focus on how we make connections; connections with our students and connections with our co-workers.”
Amber elaborates, “A couple of ways we did this was to create an Instagram class for our students. We recorded live classes the students could follow, posted workout videos, and organized theme days to keep students motivated and active. We did a lot of ice-breaker activities to make connections - scavenger hunts, get-to-know you games – just ways to make the experience more enjoyable for our students.”
When thinking about the words of wisdom the teachers would offer, Jordan recommends, “Stay connected. Maintain the relationships you already have, but also work to build new relationships.” Amber agrees and adds, “And don’t be afraid to reach out for help. It is important to reach out and ask each other for assistance and guidance in this time.”