Happy New Year. There is always a lot to do at the beginning of the year and here at CPD for Dance Teachers it is a busy time. In response to requests for course lists to cover several months at a time the new course list covers from January to May. So you can book now for any of the courses on the list.
New courses coming later this year
There is preparation work being done on some new courses to add to the current courses. There will be news of them in the coming months. Watch out for announcements later in the year.
Our Short Online CPD Courses for Dance Teachers are very reasonably priced especially as they include at least three personal email tutorials/feedback during each course. This personal feedback personalises the course to your teaching practice in a way that teachers report to be very beneficial.
We don’t often increase our course fees but it is necessary to do so this year. Current fees per course are £55 and they will increase for courses booked after the end of February 2020 to £59. In order to give you an opportunity to still pay the current fee of £55 you can book any of the current courses listed to May 2020 at £55 as long as you pay for them before the end of February 2020. Course bookings paid for after the end of February 2020 will be £59 per course. The courses will still offer fantastic value and a convenient way to get some CPD under your belt.
You can find information sheets to download about all of our online courses on the Short Online Courses page.
We look forward to having an opportunity to work with you this year.
You have a choice of three short online CPD courses starting later this month. Visit the Book a Course page to book your place on a course now.
Teaching Dance for Health
Dance Teaching Ethics: an introduction
Full details of each course is available to download from the Short Online Courses page.
Book online now via Paypal, debit or credit card. .
Read an earlier post about Teaching Dance for Health and my background in this field. Also a post about Proprioception – a very popular course in this series of short online CPD courses for dance teachers.
CPD covers many aspects of learning and review. I find reading an important aspect of CPD. There are so many wonderful books, journals, online and other materials out there for dance teachers to read and absorb. If it is a book then I don’t tend to read this type of book from cover to cover in page order the way I might read a fiction book. Instead I dip into it, perhaps reading a chapter on a particular topic, a few pages or even a paragraph or two on something of interest or with relevance to other stuff I am exploring.
We can distinguish the difference between reading something that has a CPD value and those that don’t. When I read for CPD I have my student hat on. What I mean by this is that I am actively engaged in learning about the topic or reviewing the topic. Either way I am adding to or reviewing my existing knowledge and understanding. When I read in this way it is all about making connections. Connecting new knowledge and understanding with what is already there. If you are a dance teacher at the beginning of your teaching career then you may be laying down some of the foundational knowledge that you will continue to build on through CPD over the years ahead. With CPD reading there is an element of retention and contributing to your own personal knowledge base. In contrast if you read something but are not actively engaged, not intending to retain any of it, not making connections with existing knowledge and understanding , not with your student hat on then it is unlikely that you are reading for CPD purposes.
Opening yourself up to doing CPD reading can be a very useful way to develop your knowledge and understanding as a dance teacher. Reading one thing might lead on to other avenues of CPD reading that you hadn’t thought of. It can be like opening treasure chests of knowledge and understanding that can contribute to you continuing to develop into the best dance teacher you can be.
- What have you read recently that has added to your CPD?
- What has inspired you from your CPD reading?
- What connections have you made from your CPD reading?
- Have you got a favourite CPD article, book or paper that you return to time and time again and continue to learn from it?
Short articles here at cpdfordanceteachers.com can contribute to CPD. Here are a few that you might want to check out for yourself:
Goal setting in dance teaching
teaching Dancing for health
CPD and motivation
CPD is so much more than syllabus
Managing joint hypermobility – A guide for dance teachers
You can leave comments below about CPD reading. Why not share your CPD favourites?
The forthcoming IADMS Regional Meeting is being held in Edinburgh, Scotland on 30 March 2019. The topic of the meeting is:
I have written about SMART goal setting before. Here I want to say a bit more about what it is and how we can use it in dance teaching.