Our professional development workshops and seminars provide teachers with practical approaches to arts based learning in their classroom. Our programs are a highly participatory and fun way for English teachers to learn new techniques.
With a growing resource of free teaching materials and new workshops in development, our goal is to provide tools that will inspire you to incorporate more arts-integrated approaches in your own classrooms.
Get in touch if you’d like to book a teacher training program for your next conference, department meeting or seminar. With a diverse team of experienced trainers from various artistic backgrounds we have a lot to offer.
Performance Tools to Get Kids Speaking 1.0
This workshop focuses on using theater and improvisation techniques to encourage students to speak in English. A participatory workshop suited for English teachers of grades 5-12. Participants will be introduced to a variety of useful and practical exercises for their classrooms as well as provided with printed materials and ideas for lessons.
*Includes 3-5 lesson modules
- Introduction to the theoretical and practical applications of the performing arts
- Dynamic methods for class team building
- Structures for collaborative project based learning
- Activities to improve listening comprehension + speech
- Tools to foster student self-efficacy
From Page to Stage 1.0
A creative writing workshop based on transforming students’ ideas into materials for performance. Using techniques from contemporary theater practice, teachers will learn how to devise content with students, how to write performance pieces in groups, as well as offered an introduction to directing, staging, and camera acting techniques. Participants will also receive access to a collection of English plays written for and by students.
*Includes 3-5 lesson modules.
- Designing appropriate writing prompts
- Strategies for creative writing in groups
- Connecting the written to spoken through dialog
- Independent learning through the use of storyboards
- Strategies for developing writing competency
Creative Approaches 1.0
This workshop deals with the creative frames through which diverse content can be taught. A workshop dedicated to examining how we as educators can harness creativity in our lesson planning in order to engage students regardless of subject matter.
*Includes 2-4 pre-constructed creative frameworks for implementation.
- Dynamic didactic materials for the classroom
- Engaging structures to inspire curiosity
- Utilizing our personal strengths and interest to create more engaging lessons
- Supporting different learning types through new strategies
Multidisciplinary Workshops for Large Groups 1.0
Structured as an exploratory parkour, larger groups are given the opportunity to engage in a variety of artistic disciplines and workshops anchored to a specific theme. Past programs have addressed ‘Intercultural Communication Competencies’ and ‘Language Education meets Culture’ among others. Following a format similar to what students’ experience in an Interact program English teachers are allowed to engage with themes and ideas using methods adapted from artistic practices.
- Inter-professional collaborative exchange
- Intercultural competency development
- Multi-disciplinary introduction to cultural education in schools
- Participatory Introduction to the Multiple Intelligences approach
Below we’ve compiled a number of lesson plans for you to download and use. Lessons range from 45 – 90+ minutes. The lessons include some of the methods of role-play, acting, and brainstorming we use when working creatively with students. We hope the lessons and supplementary films will be a useful resource for you and a productive activity for your students.
If you utilize our materials in the classroom we’d love to hear about your experience. Positive and/or constructive feedback is always appreciated.