Hi, I'm Corazon!
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Corazon Tierra has been facilitating learning experiences through dance and movement education for more than a decade. She has taught creative movement, dance composition and cultural dance to children ages 3 thru 14 in NYC public schools. Her main emphasis is to provide a joyful and non-judgmental atmosphere where children feel safe and confident to express themselves through dance. Corazon is the creator of DanzaEdu™, a dance education approach grounded in somatic principles that helps to develop bodily-kinesthetic, spatial and intrapersonal intelligences.
What is your philosophy on and approach to behavioral management?
My classroom management style is based in a philosophy of positive discipline and in Somatic Movement Education principles. I emphasize four aspects in order to create a peaceful learning environment for children. These areas are:; Building a Relationship of Trust with Children—I emphasize the importance of building a relationship of trust in the group from the beginning of each term. I provide exercises and games in each class to help create a sense of belonging and safety. I take time to learn about children’s interests, and create lessons that support those interests.; Creating Supportive Transitions—I create adequate transitions to support emotional needs of students at the beginning of class, between activities, and the end of class.; ; Establishing Clear Expectations — I establish a clear system of expectations using simple principles. Children learn to practice these principles through positive reinforcement. Principles and behavioral expectations are discussed and explored through games and kinesthetic exercises. ; Affirmative Attention – Children constantly receives positive feedback about their actions. If some students are not fulfilling expectations I name positive behavior first, and invite everyone to join in the fulfillment of the expected behavior. If the whole class is not fulfilling expectations, I adapt my lesson to bring the group to a unified level of concentration. ; Incorporating Diverse Learning Styles- Each class is designed to fulfill needs of diverse learning styles. All my lessons incorporate auditory, visual and kinesthetic methods to create an inclusive learning experience.
Do you have experience working with children with special needs?
Yes, with children diagnosed with ADHD.
In your opinion, what is the role of the live teacher in a world where it is becoming increasingly easy to get access to information through the internet and online courses?
The role of a live teacher in a world where people are increasingly becoming disengaged from their bodily experience is essential in the development of a child. A live teacher provides the opportunity to develop the interpersonal and social-emotional skills that support human growth in all aspects. Human beings learn primarily through relating with others. For instance, a live teacher can offer the benefits of play, creative movement, and storytelling in ways that are not possible through an online course. Presence, embodiment and empathy take place in the temporality of a live class where teacher and children engage in a learning process that responds to the emotional needs of children in the moment Live teachers can nurture bodily, spatial and interpersonal intelligences through modeling, interacting and relating to each child’s unique way of learning.