This past weekend I was lucky to take part in an arts integration professional development workshop with Dr. Barry Oreck. He immersed us in a weekend full of dance, drama, movement, and making connections. It was enjoyable and relevant PD.
I translated the buzz and excitement of the experience directly into my classroom on Monday. My 2nd graders have been working on a painting project that uses skills of design and pattern to explore radial symmetry. I planned a movement activity to enable my students to physically become a pattern of radial symmetry. I didn't tell them that they would be forming the pattern with their bodies, but instead let them discover it on their own.
I took a photo of them with my iPad and immediately projected it on the Cleverboard for them to see. I was delighted when a student exclaimed, "Look! We made an example of radial symmetry!!!"