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Mapping the adventure of middle school theatre: A guide to developing an international middle school curriculum (South Asia) with Claudia Kennedy

February 2 - February 13, 2021


The Studio takes place only on specific days and in 2-4 hour blocks during this time period.

Mumbai and UK times are listed specifically in the schedule below.

While scheduled, primarily, as a workshop for teachers working in South Asia, theatre teachers globally are invited to attend.

About the workshop


Title
Mapping the adventure of middle school theatre: A guide to developing an international middle school curriculum

Workshop description
This step-by-step guide takes the teacher through the stages of building an authentic, creative and engaging 21st century middle school theatre programme using ISTA’s ensemble approach and pedagogy.

Learning outcomes
Teachers will:
Develop curriculum planning skills.
Understand the components of an international MS theatre course.
Examine the ensemble method and the role this plays in an international MS theatre programme.
Examine ISTA pedagogy and how this can be used to enhance an international MS theatre programme.
Examine the different roles theatre plays in an international school curriculum.
Consider the role MS theatre can play in the wider community.
Develop strategies for reflection and for the recording of process.
Develop authentic assessment tasks and criteria.
Become part of a network of MS theatre teachers and to share ideas and resources with other teachers.

How this workshop will benefit teachers in their curriculum delivery
Having taken part in this Studio, teachers will be able to:
Carry out curriculum planning aligned with and bespoke to their school’s mission, values and community.
Integrate new pedagogical approaches to teaching theatre.
Make a programme authentically international.
Consider the role MS theatre can play in the wider community with connections to service learning.
Consider the development of creativity.
Deliver exercises and approaches to reflection and recording the learning process.
Design authentic assessment tasks.
Join an international network of MS theatre teachers from around the world.

Target audience
Middle school theatre teachers from any programme or anyone interested in using theatre in their classroom.

About your workshop leader

Trained in contemporary dance/theatre and with a MA in Drama in Education, I’ve worked mainly in Europe, Africa and the Middle East as a dancer, choreographer, theatre artist and teacher. I’m also a teacher trainer, workshop leader and schools’ consultant for the IB and work with artists young and old and educators from all around the world.

I love taking the seeds of an idea and exploring it through movement, gesture, text, voice, sound… to evoke images in the imagination. To create something where before there was nothing. Physical theatre and the use of non-naturalistic forms such as puppetry and mask fascinate me as well as creating site-specific and promenade pieces that challenge an audience.

Having taught different versions of the IB Diploma Theatre course since 2007, I also had the privilege of working with theatre students at TaPS events in London and Stratford. I have mentored a number of teacher-colleagues through teaching the course and am currently an examiner for one of the final assignment course components.

Schedule


This Studio runs over a period of two weeks with sessions taking place as follows:

Week 1 – Tuesday – 2 hours evening; Thursday evening 2 hours.
Week 2 – Tuesday – 2 hours evening; Thursday evening 2 hours; Saturday morning/afternoon 4 hours.

Session #1
Tuesday 2nd February 2021 (2 hours)
6:00-8:00pm Mumbai time; 12:30-2:30pm UK time
Introduction: developing an international middle school course, ensemble and ISTA pedagogy

Session #2
Thursday 4th February 2021 (2 hours)
6:00-8:00pm Mumbai time; 12:30-2:30pm UK time
Reflection, assessment for learning and capturing development

Session #3
Tuesday 9th February 2021 (2 hours)
6:00-8:00pm Mumbai time; 12:30-2:30pm UK time
Theatre as a tool for investigation: learning and teaching through theatre

Session #4
Thursday 11th February 2021 (2 hours)
6:00-8:00pm Mumbai time; 12:30-2:30pm UK time
Theatre making (creating original theatre with middle school students) and theatre studies (learning and teaching about theatre)

Session #5
Saturday 13th February 2021 (4 hours)
1:00-5:00pm Mumbai time; 7:30-11:30am UK time
Part 1: Applied Theatre: Theatre beyond the auditorium
Part 2: Approaches to planning a 5-year course and resource share

Total course time – 12 hours

Important information


Event coordinator
Sophie Galton

The workshop will take place using the platform Zoom.

Places are limited to 20 participants per Studio.

We will send out Zoom meeting information shortly before the workshop.

Finances


The registration fees for this Studio are:
ISTA members: GBP £200.
Non ISTA members: GBP £225.

What to bring


Any materials shared with you prior to the workshop, such as the workbook. Plus anything requested by the workshop leader which will be shared with you a few days prior to the workshop.

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

Starts on Tuesday 02 February at 18:00
Finishes on Saturday 13 February at 17:00

Participants

• Ayesha Thomas
• Sarah Spicer