AN ONLINE INTERACTIVE

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

AN ONLINE INTERACTIVE

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

TheatreMoves
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OUR MISSION

Provide a dynamic online approach to active learning that’s fun, engages imaginations

and draws students into the experience of writing and communicating.

 

ONLINE INTERACTIVE

PROGRAM

TheatreMoves' Art of Collaboration provides students of all ages with a fun, theatrical experience that develops teamwork and literacy skills while enhancing social/emotional growth. Through a unique series of scaffolded workshops that emphasize group interactive work, agreement and trust are established as students are exposed to and practice a new way of writing and communicating. This ‘physicalization of language’ is particularly supportive of multi-language learners (MLL) populations.

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For information about the Art of Collaboration workshops and scheduling online sessions with Neil and Paul, contact us.

info@TheatreMoves.org

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ASYNCHRONOUS & SYNCHRONOUS LEARNING

LESSON PLAN

13 Pre-Recorded Lessons AND Live Sessions with Neil and Paul

Thirteen scaffolded recorded lessons start with foundational skills and build towards collaborative storytelling and finally, performance. These workshops are available to every student in the school and can be shared through teacher screen sharing via a smart board or by providing login information in which students can view videos independently.

Each workshop states the instructional goal (concentration, cooperation, collaborative storytelling, etc.) providing an opportunity to focus on specific needs of the class and guided practice/modeling by Paul and Neil. Assignments are also included. The assignments encourage family participation.

 
 

CURRICULUM ARC

THE ART OF COLLABORATION

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TEAMBUILDING & FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS

To help students learn concentration, cooperation and commitment, we utilize the familiarity of children’s games, such as Red Light/Green Light and Telephone, to create a welcoming, nurturing environment.

 

We add specific criteria to each game, providing structure, and transforming them into performances that inspire students to practice responsible decision making and have ‘fun with control’.

 

Our emphasis on group work allows students to listen and watch one another with effort which gets them ready for the next Section: Collaborative Storytelling.

COLLABORATIVE STORYTELLING

Having practiced agreement and trust while performing in teams, students now work in pairs to create a story. The goal is to start with a simple ‘object’ that is mimed by using hands, body and facial expressions. Partner 1 needs to demonstrate 3 essential details that bring the object to life. For example, if the object is a baseball bat, Partner 1 might hold it as if in a batting stance, swing it, and tap the mud out of their cleats. Watching carefully, Partner 2 needs to add to the story by doing something different, but it needs to make sense. Perhaps ‘throwing a ball’ towards the Partner 1 would be appropriate. Partner 1 might choose to hit the ball or miss it, and the story evolves from there as a consequence of cause and effect. Selecting essential details embedded in simple objects enables students to practice editing & revising. This story technique forces students to slow down, think clearly and practice creating a story arc together.

PERFORMANCE

Students practice performing stories that are filled with action and emotion. These ensemble performances pull together all the skills learned and practiced in Sections 1 and 2.

 

The stories are communicated through the whole body: facial expressions, freeze, gesture, action poses and voice. Students are actively interpreting the text, expressing appropriate details and communicating clearly.  And, as always, they are having ‘fun with control’.

 
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HOW IT WORKS

SOCIAL-

EMOTIONAL

CONNECTIONS

  • Provides a safe space

  • Engage students’ imaginations

  • Group work builds self and social awareness, self-management and relationship skills 

  • Responsible decision making

  • Interpersonal and communication skills

MULTI-LANGUAGE LEARNERS

  • Gestural modeling

  • Verbal modeling: precise pronunciation, clear enunciation, fluency

  • Total physical response

  • Language chunking

  • Storytelling practice

  • Sequencing of story parts

  • Cause-and-effect concept

LITERACY

  • Organize and translate ideas into stories

  • Understand and experience the story arc

  • Support listening, speaking, and reading language modalities

  • Staying on topic

  • Understanding sequence

  • Importance of details

  • Collaborative storytelling

 

ABOUT

Paul and Neil met in 1979 at Stony Brook University. Paul was pre-med, Neil was a psychology major. By chance they performed together in a mime class, and with that connection, they began their 40 year collaboration in physical, experimental theater. 

      As touring presented teaching opportunities, they thought long and hard, and were able to tease out the skills inherent in their partnership and weave together their physical, collaborative approach to arts education.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

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41

years of

experience

10K+

schools

52

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& awards

1M+

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