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Q: What tips do you have for creating end-of-year performances that teachers, students, parents and administrators will all be happy with?

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Q: I need advice on proper classroom management for dancers in K–12—I can't get them to focus.

A: Classroom management in a K–12 setting is no different than in a studio. No matter where you teach, I recommend using a positive-reinforcement approach first. As a general rule, what you pay attention to is what you get. When a student acts out, it's generally done in order to gain attention. Rather than giving attention to them for inappropriate behavior, call out other students who are exhibiting the positive behaviors you desire. Name the good actions, and all of your students will quickly learn what it takes to be noticed.

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Q: Is teaching for an after-school program a good way to find a job in K–12?

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Q: Do you approach your K–12 classes differently than when you teach at a studio?

A: When shifting from teaching at a private studio to a public or private school, people need to rethink what the function of their class is. In a studio, the goal is most likely to teach technique, but that is not necessarily the case in K–12. Here, much of the students' days are filled with critical thinking, and my classes offer a chance for creative exploration.

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Q: I've taught in the private sector for years and want to move into K–12. How can I do it?

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Q: As a dance teacher, which products do you prefer, Apple or Google?

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Q: Do you have any advice for dividing students into groups?

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Q: Do you have any app recommendations for keeping control of your classroom?

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