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[TESTIMONIALS]

From teachers to parents to the kids themselves, here's what students have to say about Kate Kuper.

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Kids

I am so glad I got to spend time with you! Just trying to think of all the wonderful and exciting things we’ve done together puts my head in a whirl! This was a really fascinating experience. I loved stretching my mind in so many different ways. You really taught me how to be creative. You also make it very interesting when you taught us how to dance dances from other cultures and how to choreograph our own with creative dance ideas that you taught. You also, unlike some teachers, also put purpose into our work, and a good purpose at that. The performance was my favorite part in all the time we spent together, the working up to it, the excitement and the learning all combined made it an incredibly fascinating experience.

Maeva O’Brien, 4th grade
Leal School
Urbana, IL
2005

 

I like the way we all made the program. I hope you can teach more kids, too. It’s been great having you teach us. We all are important because it’s more than one person, it’s people. When you take a person and put it with people you usually make them happy. You helped me be more of a FRIEND to Kaitlin, and even though we sometimes don’t agree, we don’t mean it.

Jessica Sagen, 3rd grade
Clara Peterson School
Paxton, IL
2000

 

“My favorite part was the Funky Flower because it was Funky and you could really dance to it. I learned that dance can be really fun. I loved making our own dances.”

Nathan, 4th grader
Bottenfield School
Champaign, IL
2000

 

“Thank you for teaching our class weather. I like it when we was gas. My favorite cloud was cirrus.”

Tyler Dickey, 2nd grade
Westview School
Champaign, IL
2005

 

“There are two things I like about Mrs. Kuper. First, I like how she dances. Second, I like how she can make a song and put a beat with the song.”

Ian Lee, 2nd grade
Clara Peterson Elementary
Paxton, IL
2002

 

Parents

“I’m glad the students got a chance to experience learning an academic subject through a non-traditional style of learning. My child talked about how she was able to feel like she was a part of the Underground Railroad. It was great that all the students in the school could experience learning in the same way.”

“I was impressed with how much all of the children actively participated and took ownership of the dances they created. This was a great program that made the kids want to be involved and they looked forward to every day. I hope we can bring more programs like this to our schools. What a great way to introduce students to fine arts, many of whom would never get that opportunity anywhere else.”

“My daughter used to say she couldn’t dance. Now she knows she can.”

Parents of 4th graders
Meadowbrook Elementary
Forrest, IL 2001

Teachers

Let me tell you what I really enjoyed. I loved watching kids who struggle in other areas having a chance to shine. I loved different kids being given the chance to be leaders. I loved the pride the children had in themselves and the art that they created. It was beautiful.

Tiffany Clark, 3/4th grade teacher
Leal School
Urbana, IL
2005

 

Kate did a wonderful job of coordinating our “Living in Harmony” theme, She created, with the help of the students, our dance to explain and show how important our families are to us. At all times she reinforced working together as a group and cooperating with each other. These are areas we are always reinforcing. What a pleasure to work with Kate! My class and I loved our experience with her.

Deborah Johnson, 2nd grade teacher
Clara Peterson School
Paxton, IL
2002

 

Kate Kuper integrated social studies, people/tolerance, community, family, democracy and environment into her dance. These are all part of our curriculum in second grade. She also incorporated writing. This gave me the opportunity to teach expository writing about a topic they were enthused about and a life experience. Kate included character building, which is an area we teach daily. She taught my students the importance of listening and following directions. But most importantly, we had fun learning all these things.

Margo Jones, 2nd grade
Clara Peterson Elementary
Paxton, IL
2002

 

Kate Kuper presented a variety of dance lessons to over 100 first graders at Clara Peterson this spring. Her lessons were designed in such a way as to incorporate movement activities related to first grade literacy skills. In each session, movement was combined with instruction and activities related to vocabulary development, sequencing, narrative and expository writing, poetry, journaling, and a variety of other writing activities. High order thinking skills were addressed when children were asked to compare/contrast, evaluate and interpret writing, music and dance.

I found the most observable impact on the students to be their increased level of interest and involvement. I also appreciated the fact that lessons were open ended, giving the children freedom to “take off in their own direction” during their journaling times. They were eager to complete the writing activity introduced at the close of each session.

I would like to continue to use methods which capture my students’ imagination. Ms. Kuper showed us that children’s writing is more exciting and inspired when it is preceded by high interest activities which equally involve and engage every child in the class. She captured students’ interest and imagination with dance and carried that enthusiasm over into areas related to literacy.

Linda Tammen, 1st grade teacher
Clara Peterson Elementary
Paxton, IL
2004

 

I woke up at 5 am this morning with a head full of new ideas triggered by your class yesterday. Thanks for the inspiration. You are the first instructor who sent me home with ALL the necessary information so that I would be able to use the new ideas. You did a great job of providing what we needed to implement the songs/movement activities. Truly creative people are not easy to come across, so I enjoy them when they come along. Thanks for sharing your gift of music and creative movement with us. I can tell that you love what you are doing and that is what makes you a great instructor.

Danita Lemmer,
Dance Teacher
The Plains, VA
2005

 

Professors

Many of the seniors mentioned your teaching and your Creative Dance for Children class during their exit interviews as being a positive and sometimes even pivotal experience for them during their time as students. They speak very highly of your work. Congratulations, and thanks for all you have contributed this year!

Rebecca Nettl-Fiol
Interim Head
Department of Dance
University of Illinois
2005