Please join us March 1-5, 2016 at Children’s Theatre Company for the following trainings.
March 1st 6-9pm, Interactive Storytelling Training (3 credit hours)
March 3rd 6-9pm, Acting Out Stories from Familiar Books (3 credit hours)
March 5th 9am-4pm, Student Stories/Student Acting & Improvised Storytelling and Storytelling Games (6 credit hours)
The following trainings are also available as on-site professional development. If you are interested in setting up training sessions for your staff or site, please contact Rachel Austin Bernstein
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Workshop #1 – STUDENT STORIES/STUDENT ACTING
Participants will be invited into a nationally (and internationally) growing practice: collecting stories from students and then turning those stories into mini-plays for the classroom. This whole-class method not only encourages expressive language development (particularly vocabulary and semantics), but works to build a positive classroom community. The history and far-reaching current practice of this innovative approach to celebrating kids voices will be explored, as participants learn how and why to launch this in their own classrooms.
Workshop #2 – INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
Take class read-aloud time one step further by learning how to TELL stories and then give students an active role in the storytelling, by making it interactive. The theories behind this approach to teaching and learning, as well as research supporting its effectiveness will be explored. We will focus on how to ask effective questions and encourage children's reflection, which deepens the learning for both teacher and student.
Workshop #3 - ACTING OUT STORIES FROM FAMILIAR BOOKS
Participants will learn specific strategies to turn a familiar book into a classroom play, staring all of the children in the class. Together, participants will explore how children benefit from this practice. Specific steps, question-asking strategies, and extension activities will be explored as the connections between this practice and common core standards are made clear.
Workshop #4 - IMPROVISED STORYTELLING AND STORYTELLING GAMES
Participants will learn how and why to tell a story without using a book as reference, as improvised storytelling strategies are unpacked and explored. Games that encourage storytelling, on the part of teacher and student, will be shared and practiced. These techniques promote high-quality language use and practice.
In this and each subsequent session, time will be built into each workshop for classroom teachers to address specific concerns and challenges that arise in their classroom.
The following are courses available through the University of Minnesota that explore the unique pedagogy and theoretical underpinnings of the Neighborhood Bridges program and its curriculum. You do not have to be a registered student to enroll in these courses.
TH 5183/CI 5410 Critical Literacy, Storytelling, and Creative Drama (3 credits)
Summer, Two Week Intensive
(Usually scheduled for the second and third week of July from 9am-1pm)
FALL SEMESTERS: TH 5117 PERFORMANCE AND SOCIAL CHANGE
Mondays 3:35-6:30pm Experimental Theater Co-instructors Sonja Kuftinec and Maria Asp
For more information on how to register for these courses, please go to http://onestop.umn.edu/non-degree/registration/graduate/nondegree_grad_faq.html