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Elementary Theatre

  • 1.  Elementary Theatre

    Posted 01-04-2019 09:31
    Hi,
    I'm looking to connect with anyone out there who teaches theatre as a special in K-5th-like PE, Art, or Music.


  • 2.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 01-05-2019 07:55
    I do for fifth (in a K-8) school, and am working on how I could add some younger ones also...
    Feel free to email me directly.
    Kristin

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    Kristin Hall
    Drama Director
    Lincoln Public Schools
    Arlington MA
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  • 3.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 01-06-2019 12:04
    I teach K-3 theater.

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    Beth Atkins
    Reston VA
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  • 4.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 01-07-2019 15:09
    Ladies,

    This is my 13th year teaching elementary drama for APS Fine Arts. I love my job and have been extremely fortunate to have an abundance of support from my students, parents, teachers and the community. I would be more than happy to share any resources or curriculum ideas that might interest you.

    Nice to know that there are other elementary drama teachers blazing the trail.
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    Candace O'Hearn
    APS Fine Arts
    Elementary Drama Specialist
    Janet Kahn School of Integrated Arts
    ohearn@aps.edu


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    Candace O'Hearn
    Elementary Drama Specialist
    APS Fine Arts Dept.
    Albuquerque NM
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  • 5.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 01-05-2019 08:13
    Hi, Shelia.

    I teach drama to students from PS-gr. 5.  As there are not a lot of  us, we do need to connect.


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    Suzanne Katz
    Washington DC
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  • 6.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 01-08-2019 07:57

    Would you like to form a listserve, LinkedIn, or FB group to communicate more fluidly?  I think there is a public elementary/middle school teachers group on FB, but it doesn't get much traffic. The groups on LinkedIn are larger but are not well trafficked either.

    What are your thoughts? 



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    Suzanne Katz
    Washington DC
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  • 7.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 01-08-2019 12:04
    Hello Elementary Theatre Teachers!
    Congrats on finding each other through Community and building a network! We at EdTA would like to include a workshop specifically for elementary theatre teachers at the EdTA National Conference this Fall and are looking for teachers that would like to present. If you are interested in sharing your resources and knowledge of elementary theatre ed with your peers please submit a proposal to teach, or be in touch with me so I can answer any questions about teaching at the conference you might have. I hope you will consider this and share the link.

    Happy 2019!

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    Betsy Singer-Lefton
    Chapter Relations Manager
    Educational Theatre Association
    Cincinnati OH
    bsingerlefton@schooltheatre.org
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  • 8.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 04-15-2019 15:17

    Hello!


    I have been invited to propose ideas in the baby stages of an elementary theatre program. Can you help with any curriculum, thoughts, ideas, tips, etc.?

    Right now, I am thinking it was just be after school but, with success we could open a door.

    Here is my email if you would rather email me directly:  turnert@sedalia200.org

    Thank you so much! 



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    Teri Turner
    Smith-Cotton High School
    Missouri
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  • 9.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 04-19-2019 17:41
    Teri, I teach each year a 6 week, 2 sessions each week course which culminates in audition and production of a Jr Script. Since it is an Arts and Global Studies Elementary School, the Theatre class is part of the 5th grade curriculum. I have one 5th grade class for 45 minutes then a 2nd 5th grade class. Teacher stays in the room and watches all students. My course work is similar to a beginning level middle or high school: ensemble experiences which teaches 21st century skills, presenting yourself with a slate, elements of mime with a daily activity then 5 senses mime; basic Improv principles, then What Are You Doing? Individual Improv as a 5 year old then same activity as a 90 year old, character creation with voice and body; Vocal work with commercials copy taken from magazines, (We record and listen answering the question Would you buy this product based on the commercial?) Tongue Twisters worked into an Improv ABA, One Minute Bedtime stories with different voices; Short monologue of 5 lines teaching CWOW for script analysis; Performance of Monologue; Different Kinds of Theatre Auditions from Cattle Call and Slate, to interview to Improv, to Cold reading; then we audition for the Jr Script, cast and spend the next 3 months in rehearsals and productions. 





  • 10.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 04-15-2019 15:35

    Hello!


    I have been invited to propose ideas in the baby stages of an elementary theatre program. Can you help with any curriculum, thoughts, ideas, tips, etc.?

    Right now, I am thinking it was just be after school but, with success we could open a door.

    Here is my email if you would rather email me directly:  turnert@sedalia200.org

    Thank you so much! 



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    Teri Turner
    Missouri
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  • 11.  RE: Elementary Theatre

    Posted 04-16-2019 09:31
    My long-time friend, playwright and teacher Matt Buchanan (who got his MFA in children's playwriting and studied with Suzan Zeder), has a whole elementary grade-by-grade curriculum outline at his childdrama.com site. The curriculum starts here:
    http://childdrama.com/lower-school-overview.html

    Games organized by age level are here:
    http://childdrama.com/by-age-level.html

    Sadly, Matt passed away suddenly in the fall, but his family is keeping his site up in his memory, and there are a lot of great resources there.

    Cheers,
    Jonathan


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    Jonathan Dorf
    Playwright/ Co-founder of YouthPLAYS/ Co-chair of The Alliance Of Los Angeles Playwrights
    Los Angeles CA
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