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Tuesday, June 5 • 9:15am - 12:00pm
Hamilton? Ham-it-fun!

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The musical Hamilton has taken Broadway by storm. American History has come to life and energized millions.  A new take on old events can bring breath and life into any content, allowing us to "write [our] way out" of material previously viewed as "boring." How do teachers tap into this in the classroom?  What about in fields other than history?  Bring theatrical devices into your classroom while still teaching the content that you must.  How?  Use Creative Drama as a Medium for Learning.   As a process-oriented approach, creative drama uses improvisation games to improve risk-taking, break down fears of public speaking, and open doors to experiencing content in all fields.  Learn to "ham it up!" Utilize fun theatrical techniques within simple frameworks/devices, and emphasize content-specific material that you want your students to internalize. Learn different structures that can be used for timeframes you need -- 30 second breaks, 5 minute games, 15 minute activities, one class, a week- or unit-long project.

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Tanya Chartier

Educational Therapist, The Davidson Center
Tanya Chartier has been an educator for two decades.  Currently an Educational Therapist at The Davidson Center, Tanya has taught in public and private settings including as a middle school reading specialist, theatre teacher, multi-age elementary teacher, and teacher educator at... Read More →

Tuesday June 5, 2018 9:15am - 12:00pm CDT