Teaching Artists offer workshops for classroom faculty and school arts specialists to become familiar with
the theory and practice that support activities our teaching artists use to engage student creativity. We offer
workshops for District Superintendent's Day as an inschool and afterschool Teacher Professional Development. Participants
learn to design units of study using dance, drama and storytelling as a learning tool. Kinesthetic Intelligence
Plus is always ready to design a customized professional development seminar or workshop series for grade level, school wide
or district wide professionals.
Current Workshops available:
- Using Theatre Games to Teach Social Emotional Literacy
- Teaching as Storytelling in the Classroom
- Tell About
a Time When: Stories One Generation Tells Another
- Tell Me a Story, Dance Me a Dance
- Your Move, My Move! - Reading Body Language
- Math Dancing
- Dancing the Water Cycle
- Dancing Verbs, Similes, Poetry
- Teaching Tolerance with Pass-Around Storytelling: The Shared Storytelling Game
- Mean Words,
Theatre Games to Teach Social Emotional Literacy
Theatre games teach students to take risks, learn
trust, communicate, collaborate and develop kindness and empathy.
This series of workshops help students learn how to recognize and understand the complex world of
being a good friend, or not. Through game play students strengthen awareness of non-verbal communication. They experience
how much can be revealed and understood about another person's mind set and mood through facial expression, body posture and
tone of voice. While gaming with dialogue from popular song lyrics and slam poetry students "play" theatrically
with the many scenarios that take place in the hallways, playground and cafeterias of their schools. They create original
theatre scenes in which they ask themselves: When do I step up, step in, step away? What do I say? How do I say it? Developing
Social Emotional Skills through theatre is fun. It is play with a purpose.
Teaching as Storytelling in the Classroom
Children and adults use drama and conflict to make sense of the
world. How can classroom teachers use storytelling to teach “big ideas” to their students? This workshop
guides participants in identifying the powerful conflicts that engage student interest on a gut level, and bring an educational
theme to life. Learn how to organize content into a story that allows students to actively participate in problem solving
the dramatic conflict inherent in the story being told. Lead students to deep, powerful understanding.
Examples of conflicts: unknown vs. known/ safety vs. risk/ trust
vs. suspicion/ kind vs. mean/ bully vs.victim.
About a Time When: Stories One Generation Tells Another
do questions open up the door for elders to teach younger ones important life lessons learned? Questions such as these: “Tell
about a time when you were afraid to do something but you did it anyway…someone was nice to you when you least expected
it…someone gave you a gift that you didn’t expect…” Learn storytelling techniques that help you
to capture golden nuggets of truth to share with your students. Through listening, speaking, reading and writing we let one
another know that we are not alone.
Tell Me a Story, Dance Me a Dance
How are elements of a good literacy lesson integrated into a good dance lesson? Base the dance lesson
on good literature. A dance can be built using the rich imagery and thematic material found inside a wonderful storybook.
One must look for the movement inherent in the story. You can illustrate a story with movement or use movement to explore
an intriguing idea found inside its pages. Bring your favorite storybook and come prepared to dance.
Your Move, My Move!
Explore the power of non-verbal communication. Understand that
all movement has meaning from the smallest gesture to the largest postural stance. Body postures and gestures can tell a story
about how we feel, even when our words contradict our body language. Experience making improvisational movement studies
and practice reading body language. Experience the power of reading body language together as a tool for building a sense of community and trust.
Basic arithmetic skills,
spatial concepts and orientation, shaping and shape relationships, X-Y coordinates, symmetry and asymmetry, and fractions
are all taught through dance with the more complex concepts of probability, continuity and complexity interwoven. The student
choreographer must coordinate TIME (music and rhythmic patterns) and SPACE (how dancers orient themselves in the space) with
the ORDER of the sequences of movement and then ORGANIZE it all into a coherent expression of an idea. This is the stuff of
multidimensional thinking, the kind that satisfies, engages and inspires.
Dancing the Water Cycle
upon a time there was a rain drop who yearned to be part of the ocean so one day"... Learn to create an experiential
learning environment that enables students to learn the water cycle through science, storytelling, a song about the water
cycle (Tom Chapin's And the Wheel of the Water), creative movement that brings the song lyrics to life and a
visual arts project that makes a great mural in the hallway outside of your classroom.
Dancing Verbs, Similes, Poetry and Me
Learn to use tools from creative movement pedagogy to enhance language
aquistion through kinesthetic intelligence. Develop original poetry and dances together. Focusing on a variety of props (hoops,
silk scarves, rain stick, balloons) that will bring key verbs and adverbs to mind, students are led to explore those verbs
and adverbs through body movement. They then compose similes, which become poems, which in turn are developed into dances.
"Rising gently and spreading slowly" are verb and adverb pairs that open up a world of imagery such as: "Rising
gently, spreading slowly like flowers in the golden sun, the people opened their arms to welcome one another, one by one."
An excellent inroad to language aquisition for English Language Learners and Special Education students.
Teaching Tolerance with Pass-Around Storytelling:
The Shared Storytelling Game
is play with a purpose. Participants learn to use this interactive, oral storytelling game to express and identify thoughts
and feelings around issues of diversity, tolerance and bullying. Storytstarter(tm) cards
provide themes as well as obstacles to be overcome in each story. Thinkabouts(tm) suggest
ideas to move the story forward. Participants learn to create stories together. No one person is responsible. The story
making is a group endeavor. Once imagined, stories can be scripted for informal performance. Great take away tool for use
in the classroom.
Mean Words, Mean Moves
WORDS, a poem about
bullying is the jumping off point. Theatre activities and movement exercises follow as participants explore the roles of bully,
target and bystander. Body postures, hand gestures and facial expressions, sounds, words and statements are used to
embody different emotional and physical states of being. Participants reflect and analyze feelings and opinions about what
they are seeing and doing. Movement studies are developed, poetry is written and the work is performed.