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Inquiry and Concept Based Learning for the MS Theatre Teacher with Dinos Aristidou

January 22, 2022 - January 23, 2022

Multi Region Event: Asia & Europe / Americas & Europe


Please note that this event is available to book in two regions. For more detailed time zone information, please see the ‘Important information’ section below and select your chosen region when you ‘Book now’.

The studio runs 3 hours per day on two consecutive days in each region.

About the workshop


Title
Inquiry and Concept Based Learning for the MS Theatre Teacher

Workshop description
Concept based learning focuses on the development of a student’s understanding of ‘big ideas’ and is driven by student centred inquiry. In a practical theatre course, concept based learning helps students to understand ideas regarding theatre as well as the way theatre functions as a form of art. This studio explores how to set up an inquiry focussed and concept based learning course.

Learning outcomes

  • Explore the nature of concept driven learning in theatre
  • Explore the significance of a concept based theatre course as part of the middle school curriculum
  • Examine the nature of theatre skills and how they can be developed through a concept driven course
  • Consider theatre as a tool for inquiry

Target audience
Teachers of middle school and middle years theatre

Benefits for curriculum development and delivery
Through practical activities and exercises, participants will gain a better understanding of how to approach and plan inquiry focussed and concept based theatre courses, develop strategies that use theatre for conceptual learning and have the opportunity to develop new concept based units of work.

Session outline


Session #1
The art of inquiry and questioning
This session examines how to develop a programme based on concepts teachers want students to engage with and understandings they want them to develop. Inquiry encourages student centred learning and involves questioning.

Saturday 22nd January 2022 (1 hour)
Region 1 – Asia & Europe: 15:00 – 16:00 SST (Singapore Standard Time)
Region 2 – Americas & Europe: 14:00 – 15:00 CET (Central European Time)

Session #2
Drama for understanding- strategies and approaches
This session explores how drama can be used as a tool for learning which is not related to performance or theatrical production.

Saturday 22nd January 2022 (1 hour)
Region 1 – Asia & Europe: 16:00 – 17:00 SST (Singapore Standard Time)
Region 2 – Americas & Europe: 15:00 – 16:00 CET (Central European Time)

Session #3
Exploring theatrical and artistic concepts
This session looks at concepts which can be artistic and related to understanding the arts, in particular we examine theatre based concepts which give students an understanding of theatre as a form of art.

Saturday 22nd January 2022 (1 hour)
Region 1 – Asia & Europe: 17:00 – 18:00 SST (Singapore Standard Time)
Region 2 – Americas & Europe: 16:00 – 17:00 CET (Central European Time)

Session #4
Approaching theatre making and staging through concept based learning
This session considers how the exploration of themes and ideas which are then turned into original pieces of theatre can be approached through concept based learning. We also consider staging plays and production skills.

Sunday 23rd January 2022 (1 hour)
Region 1 – Asia & Europe: 15:00 – 68:00 SST (Singapore Standard Time)
Region 2 – Americas & Europe: 14:00 – 15:00 CET (Central European Time)

Session #5
Assessment for understanding
This session examines the difference between formative and summative assessment and how both are key in an inquiry based programme. We also examine summative assessment tasks for a unit/scheme of work and how it should be designed to directly align to the understandings developed by a unit/scheme of work.

Sunday 23rd January 2022 (1 hour)
Region 1 – Asia & Europe: 16:00 – 17:00 SST (Singapore Standard Time)
Region 2 – Americas & Europe: 15:00 – 16:00 CET (Central European Time)

Session #6
Developing inquiry focussed and concept based units/schemes of work
This session explores how inquiry focussed units/schemes of work can be designed to develop a student’s understandings and skills and to equip them for the assessment task.

Sunday 23rd January 2022 (1 hour)
Region 1 – Asia & Europe: 17:00 – 18:00 SST (Singapore Standard Time)
Region 2 – Americas & Europe: 16:00 – 17:00 CET (Central European Time)

Total course time:
6 hours

About your workshop leader


Dinos Aristidou
I’m a playwright, director and education consultant working internationally. Covid-19 has changed my process to working digitally to make/share work. I am working with Birmingham Royal Ballet and as creative learning director of UCAN, developing Storystarters. As artistic director/playwright of the Hear Us Out Verbatim Theatre Festival I am working with older people and their stories.

My passion is for Verbatim theatre, working with communities to discover empowering ways of theatrically presenting untold stories. My work with students and teachers focuses on reflection, its role in learning, social activism and building compassion. As an artist I am interested in what it means to make art with kindness.

I am the editor of ISTA’s book The ISTA Method where I write about curriculum design at MS. I am also a teacher trainer for InThinking and for IB Diploma Theatre and held the position with the IB as curriculum manager of the MYP review of the arts. I have worked extensively on the role of reflection at middle and high school level and my ReflectiON cards are used by teachers around the world.

Important information


Event Coordinator
Sophie Galton

Workshop timings
Region 1 – Asia & Europe
22nd & 23rd January 2022 (Same both days)
07:00 – 10:00 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
08:00 – 11:00 CET (Central European Time)
15:00 -18:00 SST (Singapore Standard Time)

Region 2 – Americas & Europe
22nd & 23rd January 2022 (Same both days)
08:00 – 11:00 EST (Eastern Standard Time)
13:00 – 16:00 GMT (Greenwich Mean Time)
14:00 – 17:00 CET (Central European Time)

The studio will take place on Zoom.
Joining instructions will be emailed to participants 24 hours before the event.
Places are limited to 25 participants

Finances


The cost of this studio is GBP £150 per person for ISTA members and GBP £200 per person for non members.

What to bring


Any materials shared with you prior to the studio, such as the workbook. A notebook and pencil are always useful.

Space requirements
If possible, please try to have a small amount of space near to you for any practical work.

Download & Forms

Please find below the relevant documentation for you to download:

Dates

Asia & Europe

Starts on Saturday 22 January at 15:00
Finishes on Sunday 23 January at 18:00
(SST - Singapore Standard Time)

Americas & Europe

Starts on Saturday 22 January at 14:00
Finishes on Sunday 23 January at 17:00
(CET - Central European Time)

Participants

• Carrie Grev
• Catherine Rankin
• Csilla Szabo
• Daniel Last
• Haya Abdulrahim
• John Patrick Mulhall
• Maher Al Hasan