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CREATIVELY CONNECTING DRAMA Vicki-Marie Buchanan

Tuesday, 12 April 2011


Format of Workshop • • • • •

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Introduction Drama in Context Story and Roleplay Action Reflection


By integrating drama in the classroom students: • Learn about themselves in relation to each other and the world • Explore new ideas about humanity • Make the process from the classroom to the real world

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The PYP Arts Scope & Sequence “Arts engage students in creative processes through which they explore and experiment in a continual cycle of action and reflection….. Such creative processes are seen by the PYP as the driving force in learning by inquiry.”

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MYP Arts document (Sept. 2009) “The arts are a universal form of human expression and a unique way of knowing that engage us in affective, imaginative and productive activity. Learning through the arts helps us to explore, shape and communicate our sense of identity and understanding of the world, while providing opportunities to develop self-confidence, resilience and adaptability.� Tuesday, 12 April 2011


By entering the imagined world in structured play the students: • Related their learning back to how it influenced their own perceptions and lives.   • Reflected on their personal attitudes and values. • Experienced some of the emotions that emanate from different situations.  

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PYP Attitudes: Appreciation Commitment Confidence Co-operation Creativity Curiosity

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Empathy Enthusiasm Independence Integrity Respect Tolerance


Drama strategies – not an end in themselves….. “being the ‘meddler in the middle’ – throwing up contradictions, making the process from classroom to the real world complex and challenging but still possible.” Dr Madonna Stinson

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Gossip Mill 1. Take the role of a staff member at the Convention Centre 2. Consider your duties within the Centre 3. From your perspective, who are the 900 people here today? Where have they come from? What are they doing here? 4. Tell another ‘staff member’ and listen to what he/she thinks. Tuesday, 12 April 2011


Stories: • • • •

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Fantastical Family Community Heritage


Stories… Stories create an interest in Learning within academic subjects Guide moral and spiritual growth of child Give shape to child’s experience – how they think, express and communicate themselves Appeal to emotions and intellect combine cognitive and affective Tuesday, 12 April 2011


Role Play • Imagine ourselves differently.. • Develops – Empathy – Tolerance – Compassion

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Trinity Guildhall • Fosters creativity and encourages students to explore their own culture • Encompasses holistic approach to students’ learning • No change to our existing teaching methods • Wide range of subjects/options within their syllabuses

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The use of Drama: • Encourages collaboration • Teaches students to negotiate and compromise • Provokes imagination and creativity • Encourages students to take risks • Builds confidence in communication skills • Encourages reflection on the creative process

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In conclusion: Drama promotes an awareness of the human condition and an understanding that there is a commonality of human experience. Learning is connected to life! Tuesday, 12 April 2011


Day 3 Creatively Connecting Drama