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Malke Rosenfeld

About the artist

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Malke Rosenfeld is a percussive dance teaching artist based in Bloomington, Indiana. Malke began her career as a teaching artist in 1998 and has been on the Arts for Learning roster since 2003. With a B.A. in Social Sciences and Epistemology from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, Malke has always been interested in how children learn; her teaching deftly blends both practice and theory in the classroom.  Malke’s upcoming book draws on research in math education and embodied cognition to make the case for how and why the body is the perfect partner in learning math. “Learning by doing in an interdisciplinary setting can be a powerful experience for all learners,” she says. “In Math in Your Feet, students engage in the process of making their own percussive dance patterns while thinking mathematically. This allows them to easily learn and apply math concepts to their creative work.”

Malke presented a talk about her Math in Your Feet program at TEDxBloomington 2013 but prefers to share her strategies with other educators in active, hands-on workshops. She loves watching teachers and children alike make their own math-informed dance patterns. “I really enjoy creating the environment in which children become dance makers and math makers, and I love the look of satisfaction on their faces when they realize they’ve worked hard and have a completely original percussive dance step to show for it.” To learn more about Malke, visit her website www.malkerosenfeld.com.

You can see another video of Math in Your Feet at http://youtu.be/i6qB2pTSRm8

Programs

Math Art Festival

Workshop

All the fun of a festival designed for the school day! During the Math Art Festival students have hands-on experiences with math-informed art making including visual art and dance. Each activity station includes an example project and the materials needed for children to independently create their own unique versions. While they build, sort, create, draw, fold and cut, students explore the mathematical ideas of pattern units, attributes, multiples, symmetrytransformation, spatial reasoning, and structural relationships.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Critical Thinking Life Skills Math Patterns & Sequence Problem Solving Teamwork
  • Grades: K-23-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 100
Single: $170 Multiple: $150 Materials: 50/day

Minimum 3 workshops per day; Maximum 5

Math in Your Feet

Workshop

Math is often called “the science of patterns” and patterns are essential to the percussive dance form of clogging. In the K-2 workshops children will learn basic clogging steps and explore the process of learning and making rhythm and patterns in their feet.  In the 3-5 workshops children explore the process making rhythm and patterns in their feet, dancing congruently with a partner and transforming patterns using reflection symmetry.  Skills/concepts: beat competency, patterning, pattern units, attributes, similar/congruent.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Critical Thinking Health & Wellness Life Skills Math Patterns & Sequence Physical Education Problem Solving Teamwork
  • Grades: K-23-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

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Day of 4: $300

Math in Your Feet – Residency

Residency

The Math in Your Feet residency leads students through the problem solving process of creating their own percussive dance patterns. Along the way, they increase their understanding of mathematical topics such as congruence, symmetry, transformation, angles and degrees, attributes, categorical variables, manipulation of complex patterns, mapping on a coordinate grid, as well as deep experience with mathematical practices and problem solving.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Critical Thinking Health & Wellness Life Skills Math Patterns & Sequence Physical Education Problem Solving Teamwork
  • Grades: 3-5
  • Length: 60 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

2-Day: $600 up to 4 classrooms
5-Day: $1500 up to 4 classrooms
Other lengths available
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Math in Your Feet – For Teachers

Teacher Training

Math in Your Feet professional development workshops are active and hands-on, empowering teachers to learn and teach the movement, rhythm and math aspects of this program. These workshops are for classroom teachers of grades 3-6 and PE and music specialists. K-2 teachers will find the material adaptable for the younger grades.

Learn how to: use simple foot-based dance patterns to orient students in space; apply problem solving strategies to the choreographic process;  challenge students to learn and apply principles of transformation and symmetry to dance patterns; infuse your classroom with math vocabulary used in context; help students communicate their creative work using written reflections, word studies, graphs, symbols, and maps.

Detailed workshop packet and PDF of all classroom materials provided.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Critical Thinking Health & Wellness Life Skills Math Patterns & Sequence Physical Education Problem Solving Teamwork
  • Grades: K-23-5Educators
  • Length: 180 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

Available as the full experience in two three-hour sessions: $1,126
Or a single three-hour session: $563
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Math in Your Feet Family Night

Performance

Workshop

Bring your school community together for a fun-filled night of creativity, patterns and problem solving. This math night extends the Math in Your Feet residency topics so that anyone can participate. Activities include name pattern designs, reflection games, tangram puzzles, paper pizza, and dance. Developed in collaboration with Perry Township District Title 1 office.

This program meets standards in 21st Century Skills Communication Critical Thinking Health & Wellness Life Skills Math Patterns & Sequence Physical Education Problem Solving Teamwork
  • Grades: K-23-5
  • Length: 120 min
  • Audience Limit: 30

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District: $1,200, School: $956

Shakin’ Down the Acorns

Performance

American Old Time music, dance, and song are the energetic ingredients of a feast for young minds. With entrancing percussive footwork, participatory songs, banjo and fiddle tunes, hats, humor, and straws, this ensemble shape shifts from quartet to duet; trio, solo, and chorus. Learn to understand a basic musical form and discover what it takes to find joy and satisfaction in playing together.

This program meets standards in Social Studies U.S. History & Culture
  • Grades: K-23-5
  • Length: 45 min
  • Audience Limit: 300
Single: $775 Double: $982

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