workshops for teachers

 


This workshop lasts 20/30 hours



Objective
The seminar aims to lead participants to discover how to use drama as a tool for supporting school learning. Work will be based on common subjects in primary and secondary school curricula.

Can drama be used to support teaching? Can subjects such as Maths, Physics, Science, Foreign Languages, History, Geography and Philosophy be taught by using drama?
Our experience says they can. After so many years working in a lot of primary and secondary schools, together with teachers, Head teachers and students, we have developed a teaching method that makes use of drama techniques to complement and support the learning process.
The objective of this seminar is to study this methodology thoroughly in order to plan projects and teaching units for each subject to be used in class by teachers who are willing to experiment this kind of work with their students.



Contents:
Theory and practical lessons will develop the following topics:

  • - study of the theories about elementary learning processes
  • - understanding the mechanisms of stress reduction related to learning: how to build an atmosphere that can help the learning process
  • - helping teachers to focus on the core topics of their subjects in order to find a reason for learning them: the importance of the question “why?”
  • - analysis  (through practical exercises and activities ) of the peculiarity of drama as a tool for helping the learning process: multiple intelligences
  • - assessment of the educational potential of time and space coordinates and scientific analysis of the acting activity on the stage
  • - identifying the main elements of a “stage grammar” in order to create a new grammar of teaching with them
  • - building teaching units from a series of interviews carried out by primary and secondary school teachers.

Drama and teaching
The pedagogy of drama to support school learning.
Methodology and practice.


Teachers know very well how much important is the voice in their everyday work and that, to be continually effective, it needs to trained.
Many teachers have little or no specialist voice training to enable them to cope with the vocal demands of the job and that can result in under performance or demoralizing sick-leave. Teaching in classrooms, assembly halls, gyms and out of doors, can present difficulties for the most experienced teacher with an untrained voice.
Many individuals and institutions have already taken advantage of our skills and experience and have been delighted with both the delivery and the results. Using the skill, knowledge and experience of actors we can help teachers to:
• Understand the working mechanism of the voice
• Learn how to keep the voice fit and healthy
• Avoid fatigue and potential problems
• Develop a more flexible working voice for a variety of tasks and situations
• Speak effectively and maintain interest, control and attention without shouting or misuse of voice
• Establish good vocal habits.

Our training is delivered by actors and theatre pedagigues who have had practical experience of the classroom and know the realistic demands on teachers' voices. Support materials, exercises and tips for a healthy voice are provided in a support pack.
Training is flexible to fit around the busy teaching schedule.

Voice training for teachers
The pedagogy of drama to support school learning.
Methodology and practice.

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