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CODE in the County: Cultivating Creativity

Saturday, November 24, 2018

41 Baker St. Picton, Ontario, K0K 2T0

Track C - Elementary Drama and Dance

In a thrilling day of workshops, keynote address, student performances and networking, elementary teachers will get the opportunity to develop tools that they can bring back to their students. As we get the chance to work with and learn from some of the Ontario's most exciting artists and educators, CODE in the County will leave you inspired, motivated and wanting to learn more.

Student Well-being, Global Competencies and Social Justice Through Dance - Arwyn Carpenter

Simple mindful breathing practice, yoga, dance skills and the creative process will be investigated as teachers learn to apply a social justice theme to student-created dance works. Workshop includes video presentation of K-6 students from Perth Avenue PS in Toronto at work on dance practice, as well as a movement session where participants will work through the creation of a structured solo.

"We Wrote This": Collaborative Playwriting With Our Students - Jerri Jereat

For Elementary grade teachers, Drama can be a little scary. Using a script from a textbook for Reader’s Theatre is a safe fallback. Drama, however, can be so much more if you help the students to write it themselves.

In this workshop, I will walk you through the steps to mentor an entire class to create a play together. It is such rich and active Literacy. I hope it will feel natural by the end of our time, and a technique you might want to try yourself.

I’ve guided many classes to create plays together. It’s only a little scary, perhaps, in that you have to let go of a very structured lesson format. You still have the reins. Unexpected, positive things will happen as the group playwrites together. The shyer students might surprise others. You can incorporate Social Studies, Science or your Math explorations into the play. You will certainly end up having deep discussions about stereotypes, prejudice, history, bullying, world politics, family issues, and of course, weird animal facts.

Drama is a tool through which children are encouraged to create, then to discuss the creation critically, (and they will hotly debate scenes and lines), and to reach out to each other. They don’t have to perform for the school. (You might decide to.) The best Drama learning happens wherever students are suggesting ideas, trying out scenes, critiquing, complaining that this line makes no sense, and changing it.

Be brave; try it. 

Exploring the Immigrant Experience Using the Graphic Novel "The Arrival" - Shaun Tan

Using the wonderful graphic novel 'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan as the jumping off point, Sheena will walk you through a hands-on exploration of the refugee experience utilizing various drama and movement techniques. Expect to come away with straight forward activities you can immediately use with your own students.  

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November 24th, 2018 9:00 AM   through   6:00 PM
41 Barker Street
Picton, ON K0K2T0
Event Fee(s)
CODE Member (membership must be valid on Conference date) $ 99.00
Non-CODE Member $ 129.00
Students/Retirees (must be enrolled in full-time undergraduate/postgraduate studies) $ 75.00
CODE Board/Committee Member $ 30.00

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