Junior/Intermediate Workshops

Developing an Empowering Perspective After Trauma – 4 to 9

Inquiry: Can trauma give us perspective and motivation to make a difference in the world?

Workshop Description:
While examining the plight of modern refugees by living inside a story, participants are empowered to reflect on their own journeys of change and trauma. Experience various aspects in the process of change, such as making tough decisions, understanding another’s perspective, hope and being grateful. Coming in and out of role, reflecting and making connections, allows victims of trauma to learn new tools for dealing with life. Student voice, some from war-torn countries, will be shared through video clips and photos. Participants will have powerful activities they can take back to their classrooms to support students tomorrow.

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Cultural Respect: Europeans Meet First Nations – 4 to 6

Inquiry: How have the voices of people from past and present communities and civilizations been heard in Canada?

Workshop Description:
This dynamic, cross-curricular unit enables students to discover and develop an understanding of interrelationships within and between the natural environment and human communities. Through embodied learning, students experience the values and perspectives of two different cultures, the Europeans and the First Nations, about 500 years ago. Through these experiences, students gain an understanding of stereotyping and values as well as deepen their definition of respect.

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I am Special – Self-Esteem/Well Being – 3 to 6

Inquiry Question: Where does my self-esteem come from?  How can we support others to recognize their possibilities?

Workshop Description:
This powerful workshop, for teachers of grades 3-6, will give you tools to address the well being of your students, in particular with self-esteem.  You will experience engaging strategies to enable students to discover our natural inclination to judge ourselves through the eyes of others.  You will explore your role as characters in a village and discover how to discern messages that may be important to allow into your heart and those that are not.  The discussions that follow a role-play activity are profound, as students make connections to their own lives, other texts, and the world. Empathy is developed while concrete strategies for dealing with self-esteem issues are explored. Learn concrete ways to support others through listening and moving on after “failure.”  A handout of the student unit will be provided.

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Please Understand Me – Bullying from Different Perspectives – 4 to 8

Inquiry Question: What is the perspective of the bully, the victim, the bystander?  What is our role when others are in potential danger?  How can we recognize character through body language?

Workshop Description: 
This insightful workshop, for teachers of grades 3 and up, gives teachers tools to enable their students to understand the body language and inner feelings of the victim, the bully and the bystander. These activities build empathy for another point of view.  Using a picture book as a provocation, you will explore and apply strategies for dealing with bullying situations, which you can use with your students.  We will focus on tableaux, hot seating and forum drama as well as powerful drama games to build empathy.  This is a practical workshop using Drama and Language Arts.  A handout of the student unit will be provided.

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Remembrance Day – Imagining a Better World – 3 to 8

Inquiry Question: What causes war?

Workshop Description:
Using two picture books as source material, students experience the creative process as they explore the theme of war.  They learn that small arguments and disagreements need to be well managed to prevent escalation.  Using partner and individual movement sentences, shape dances, mirroring, flocking, and chanting, students create a physical theatre/dance piece to communicate their ideas and feelings about the theme including their wishes for a better world.

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The Skin I’m in – 3 to 4

Inquiry: What does respect look like?

Workshop Description:
This integrated arts workshop focuses on the theme of racism using one of Dr. Seuss’s books as a starting point. Through role-play, participants receive a shocking invitation and are then guided to develop their own story. Through this educational drama, participants realize their own prejudices and work towards a win/win solution of inclusiveness. This is a powerful unit, bringing a stark awareness of students’ own biases, providing a platform to deal with anti‐bullying.

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Winners Work Together: Individuality Gives Way to a Collective Mission – 3 to 6

Inquiry Question: How can people of differing opinions and points of view work together to accomplish something outside of themselves that serves a greater need or purpose?

Workshop Description: Delve into this inquiry, which is central to the idea of thinking about the bigger goal and social justice. Based on two pictures books, “The Marshmellow Incident” by Judi Barrett and “The Enemy; a book about Peace” by David Cali, this workshop provides enjoyable and practical strategies to support students in reflecting on real-life situations. Experiential learning allows students to live life from a different point of view. The conversations out of role are compelling as participants relate their learning to their own experience, other texts, and the world. Connections with other curriculum areas are authentic and powerful. Handout provided.

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