The Arrival of Tinikling
- Beverly Pacio, Coyote Ridge Elem
- Let's Dance!
- Physical Activity Participation
This year I added an afterschool activity called Tinikling. Tinikling is a Filipino dance done between two poles that tap in rhythm and close together on a selected beat, usually a 3/4 beat. It is a rigorous activity that includes cardio, rhythm, and eye-foot coordination. I was not sure how the students would respond to this activity as they were hesitant at first. We chose a 4/4 beat to a country western song. Eventually the activity caught on and the energy was infectious. There were 16 original students involved in learning how to do Tinikling. During recess, the students practiced before their classmates. This energized other students to learn how to do Tinkling. At the conclusion of our afterschool program, the original students performed before the entire student body at a Christmas Sing A-long. They were a huge success. It was quite remarkable how well they performed. Next year, I am confident that I will again generate an even greater enthusiasm among the students.