Drama Techniques: Developing Self-Expression, Communication and Social Skills for all Students

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Concept by: Cynthia Rodopoulou

Description

«You cannot learn art or gain wisdom without education»

                                             Demokritos, 470-370 BC, an Ancient Greek philosopher

“Education, at its most engaging, is performance art”, Jessica Lahey.

The​ ​course​ ​has​ ​been​ ​created​ ​for​ ​teachers​ ​and​ ​other​ ​school​ ​staff​ ​members, ​ ​interested​ ​in ​using​ drama techniques​ in their classrooms. Participants will be active protagonists since they will encounter an educational experience centered on their own ability. Objectives will be carried out through theatre exercises, improvisations, simulations, storytelling, somatic (body) techniques, games, group work.

The aim of the workshop is for participants to acquire competences to coordinate and activate groups in terms of emotional management in an entertaining and creative way and apply expressive tools in different educational contexts.

The course addresses as well, the needs of students who have difficulties with their social and communicative skills (e.g. Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, emotional and behavioral difficulties). Additionally, since theatre experiences have had significant and positive improvement in the development of social, communication and presentation skills (soft skills), drama can be a powerful learning medium for all children.

The implementation of these techniques will boost participation and motivation in the classroom, self-expression, cooperative spirit, conflict resolution skills and reinforcement of the teacher-student relationship, among others. Participants will learn to take the role of facilitators rather than teachers so they could develop their students’ self-directed learning skills and turn them into protagonists of their own learning.

Learning Outcomes

The course will help the participants to:  
  • Use drama techniques as special means of communication and collaboration especially for students with special needs;
  • Use drama as a teaching technique to develop creativity and motivate students;
  • Know the different aspects of body language;
  • Effectively respond to students` difficult behaviors;
  • Promote inclusion among members of school community (teachers, students etc.)
  • Utilize a holistic approach to promote wellbeing, mental and emotional growth, as well as empathy for teachers and all students;

Target audience

  • Teachers (primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs);
  • Teacher trainers;
  • Careers officers, educational guides and counsellors;
  • Headteachers;
  • Principals;
  • Managers of schools.

Head teacher of Arts and Wellbeing Courses: Susan Gagliano

Do you want to take more than one course? Build your own 2-week Course!

Is there any doubt you want to clarify? Contact us (teachertraining@europass.it or by Facebook); we will try to answer all your questions as soon as possible.

Specifics

  • Lessons: classes will take place in the Morning (9:00 – 13:45) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 18:45).
  • Activities: if not otherwise specified all courses includes at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usuallly on Saturday).
  • Price: 480€

Next courses in Athens

  • 4-9 November 2019
  • 18-23 November 2019
  • 2-7 December 2019
  • 16-21 December 2019
  • 6-11 January 2020
  • 20-25 January 2020
  • 3-8 February 2020
  • 17-22 February 2020
  • 2-7 March 2020
  • 16-21 March 2020
  • 6-11 April 2020
  • 20-25 April 2020

Next courses in Dublin

  • 11-16 November 2019
  • 9-14 December 2019
  • 13-18 January 2020
  • 10-15 February 2020
  • 9-14 March 2020
  • 13-18 April 2020
  • 11-16 May 2020
  • 8-13 June 2020
  • 13-18 July 2020
  • 10-15 August 2020
  • 14-19 September 2020
  • 12-17 October 2020

Next courses in Florence

  • 25-30 November 2019
  • 27 January - 1 February 2020
  • 24-29 February 2020
  • 23-28 March 2020
  • 27 April - 2 May 2020
  • 25-30 May 2020
  • 22-27 June 2020
  • 27 July - 1 August 2020
  • 24-29 August 2020
  • 28 September - 3 October 2020
  • 26-31 October 2020

Not a EU teacher? This course is for you too!

Although our courses are designed with the European Union Erasmus + program in mind, they are also open to teachers from all non-E.U. countries. Over the last few years we have welcomed increasing numbers of teachers from the USA and Japan, among others.

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