Workshop Descriptions

Science That Moves You 4th to 6th grade (Connecting Dance and Science)

In this session we will turn science experiments into a whole kinesthetic experience through dance. Paul Nance, science specialist, will lead the science experiments and Angela Challis, dance specialist, will lead the movement experience. We will have specific 4th to 6th grade science and dance integrated lesson plans.

You do not need to be a dancer to teach kinesthetically, nor be a scientist to teach science. You only need passion to help your students develop creative and inquisitive minds.

Science That Moves You K to 3rd grade (Connecting Dance and Science)

In this session we will turn science experiments into a whole kinesthetic experience through dance. Paul Nance, science specialist, will lead the science experiments and Angela Challis, dance specialist, will lead the movement experience. We will have specific K – 3rd grade science and dance integrated lesson plans.

You do not need to be a dancer to teach kinesthetically, nor be a scientist to teach science. You only need passion to help your students develop creative and inquisitive minds.

Angela ChallisAngela Challis

Angela Challis graduated from BYU in Dance Education. At BYU she received the following awards; Outstanding Graduating Senior, Outstanding Research, and Outstanding Choreography Award. She studied dance in Cuba at The National School of Art in Havana. She graduated from Instituto Laredo, an Arts Magnet School in Cochabamba, Bolivia. 

Angela is currently a Dance Specialist for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts learning Program. She was adjunct faculty at BYU and UVU. She taught dance in Bolivia to Elementary, Junior High, and High School students. She is married to Chad, a computer genius. Angela and Chad have two daughters, a dog, a bunny, and a snake.

 

 

Paul NancePaul Nance

Paul is a graduate of the University of Utah: Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, 1975 and a Master of Education in Educational Studies, 1993.  He has been in education for 39 years.  He taught 22 years in the regular educational program for Jordan District.  After getting a Gifted and Talented Endorsement in 1997, he taught in the Jordan District Accelerated Program for 4 years.  He is presently the Science Teacher Specialist for Jordan District serving now for 13 years.

He has received the NSTA Outstanding Educator of the Year in Science, the NSTA Marvin N. Tolman Life Long Service Award, the UAGC Sally M. Todd Local Leadership Award, and the Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology Award.

In 2002 when the State of Utah State Science Core came out, he was over the writing of the 3rd through 6th Grades State of Utah Science Core Teacher Resource Books. He has presented at USTA, UAGC, UCET, UMEE, and TI conferences.  He also helped write and present lessons for the Elementary Science Core Academies from 2002 through 2010.

Paul believes that each child should have every chance to learn everyday, that they should never be forgotten or ignored.  He believes that the best approach to student science understanding is through hands-on science coupled with the integration of literacy and the arts for students to get the full benefit of understanding about our world.

Paul enjoys hiking, camping, and water skiing. His favorite pastime is traveling around Utah, visiting sites of science and historical value especially with his grandchildren.