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Especially where there may have been misunderstandings or conflict, the reflection meeting offers you a good opportunity to speak with one another constructively with a focus on finding solutions.
Unverbalised feelings can easily lead to frustrations and tension, which can be expressed non-verbally and have an effect on the students’ mood and motivation.
As the second of three more formalised conversations between dance mediators and teachers, the reflection meeting should serve as a look back at the progression of the project up to this point. Have the agreements, wishes and hopes discussed in the planning meeting been fulfilled? Are there any new needs that may have come up in the interim? The guideline featured here can help you to enter into dialogue. Take the chance to agree on the further progression of the project at this point too. You can use the contents of the reflection meeting later on as a solid foundation for the final meeting.
Which of your hopes have been fulfilled so far? Which wishes still remain open?
Did you have any reservations in the beginning and if so, how have things turned out in that regard?
Can you formulate shared goals for the second half of the project? (for example, reinforcing the students’ will to express themselves and move, supporting their sense of being a collective or the like.)
Are there any class-related dates that need updating?
Have you thought of any dates for the presentation and the accompanying additional sessions or dress rehearsal?
Have arrangements been made to come up with all of the necessary materials for the presentation, for instance costumes and props? How would you like to proceed here?
As a dance mediator, explain your approach to date. Have you made use of the focus areas?
Have you used the quality criteria for choreography to help you get at the essence of the material?
Share your feelings about the class content up to this point with one another.
How can you continue to shape this material as the project progresses and builds to the final presentation?
What sort of attention, rituals or the like do the students need in order to successfully put together a presentation?
How do you get it across to them that a presentation is connected with a lot of practice, repetition and work?
As a teacher, how can you support the dance mediator(s) in preparing for a performance?
Discuss whether there are any things that the dance mediator(s) could improve in their pedagogical work.
How has your collaboration evolved and what else can you aim to accomplish by the end of the project in this regard?
As a teacher, would you like to participate actively yourself at some point and potentially join in the dancing?
As a teacher, would you like to lead exercises or rituals?
Have you kept communicating with one another over the course of the process and have you been able to share your experiences with one another constructively?
Are you satisfied with your communication in the project or would you like to change something?
Fix a date for the final meeting at the end of the project.