Professional Development

Play, Then Write

(Suitable for Teachers of Grades 2-8) Whether retelling, sequencing, predicting, creating or problem solving, PLAY, then WRITE! will give you theatrical tools to help all kinds of learners write. Examine ways to physicalize literary structure, bring it to life, and translate that physicality onto the page with graphic organizers. Then, discover how you can lead these dramatic activities to help your students write, as well as use rubrics to assess the performed and written creations. Increase your knowledge and comfort with dramatic activities; explore the connections between theatre and writing that enable you to model drama activities with students to facilitate their writings. 3-hour session. Limited to no less than 10 and no more than 30 participants. No previous experience required.

ACTive Listening: Drama/Theatre Activities To Enhance Listening Comprehension

(Suitable for Teachers of Grades 2-8) A variety of strategies can enhance listening comprehension. ACTive Listening will provide rules; tools and ideas to enhance teacher’s presentation style engage the students as well as techniques to improve student focus, attention and responses to oral presentations and visual media. Journey through the importance of listening learn to model drama activities with students to facilitate their listening skills. No previous experience is required. Customizable for 1 to 2.5-hours. Limited to no less than 10 and no more than 30 participants. No previous experience required.

Literacy Party:  Alphabetismo Pachanga!

(Suitable for Teachers of Grades K-3)   Explore drama, music and movement techniques that help participants  discover how to bring a book to life and encourage student participation while teaching cultural, social studies and science concepts (Concepts can include foreign  language,  animals, insects, habitats, geography, etc.) One and a half hour session.  Limited to no less than 10 and no more than 30 participants. No previous experience required.

How To Make An Arts Integrated Literacy Kit 

(Suitable for Teachers of Grades K-8) A Literacy Kit is a bundle of books and activities to use in a classroom to enhance and extend reading. Most of the materials for completing the activities are located in the kit along with directions and a materials list. Learn how to make an arts integrated kit for your classroom, library or to share with your colleagues. Discover fun arts activities to include in your kit. Bring a book appropriate for your grade level and start making one during this session. 1-hour session. Limited to no less than 10 and no more than 30 participants. No previous experience required.

Using Readers’ Theater In The Classroom With Poetry

(Suitable for Teachers of Grades 3-12) Readers’ Theater is a method suggested in just about every Language Arts textbook printed; this is the workshop that will give you an in-depth look at how to effectively use Readers’ Theater to enhance reading and writing skills with poetry. 2 and a half-hour session. Limited to no less than 10 and no more than 30 participants. No previous experience required.

Talking Tableaux: Poetry And Drama

(Suitable for Teachers of Grades 1-6) Tableaux are a series of living still pictures. Students will discover the skills needed to work in a group forming a series of pictures that aid in reading comprehension. 1 and a half-hour session. Limited to no less than 10 and no more than 30 participants. No previous experience required.

Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover

(Suitable for Teachers of Grades 5-12) Robin Pease lets you put her in a box as a means to examine stereotypes and discover that “you can’t tell a book by its cover”. Participants then have the opportunity to ask questions, discuss, and investigate race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and disability by acting out and discussing famous movie scenes. Finally, discover ways to explore diversity right in your own backyard. Then use the scenes in your classroom to stimulate discussion! 1-hour to 1-hour 30 minutes depending on enrollment. Limited to no less than 10 and no more than 30 participants. No previous experience required.

Comprehension & Prediction: Using Readers’ Theatre

(Suitable for Teachers of Grades 3-7) Dilemma Tales are traditional African stories where the resolution of the story’s problem is left up the reader’s prediction. Students will be assigned roles to portray as they read aloud a tale using vocal expression and rhythm. When the story stops abruptly, students will predict solutions to the dilemma. 1 and a half-hour session. Limited to no less than 10 and no more than 30 participants. No previous experience required.

Categories: Dramatic Activities to Enhance Listening, Concentration, Collaboration, and Oral Communication.

(Suitable for Teachers of Grades 3-12)Participants practice listening, concentration, collaboration, following directions and speaking strategies using different kinds of words, as they take turns calling out 6 words that fall into a particular category (such as vocabulary, rhyme, opposites, colors, figures and parts-of-speech).30-minute session. Limited to no less than 10 and no more than 30 participants. No previous experience required.

From Whence We Came

An age-appropriate WORKSHOP (for a classroom size group) of fun activities to encourage discussion and appreciation of cultural diversity and its importance in the world. Discounts when this workshop is booked with another program. All Ages

SHOWCASE!

Want to showcase the work your students have been doing throughout the year? Work with our artist to develop a theatre piece or use our prepared script and insert your curriculum. Then, direct the show yourself or use our artist for the rehearsals. Finally, perform the showcase for another class, parents or assembly and “WOW” everyone as they actually see all the wonderful learning that has been going on in your classroom.

CREATE A WORKSHOP

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