Even with committed, creative teachers staff meetings can feel difficult. At the end of a long day with students and parents, it can feel oppressive to deal with countless essential logistics and details. It can feel nearly impossible to take on discussing curriculum or pedagogy in substantive ways. And...having fun? Heh.
As we began, I could see so many of the emotions experienced by my students during a workshop...and by me when I take classes myself. Some seemed tired and/or disengaged. Some seemed reticent or unsure about taking risks. Some were enthusiastic and couldn't wait to begin.
|The Tools of an Improv Coach: Ball, Notebook for Planning and Reflecting, Bell, Stuffy|
In preparation for today's session, I played with the ideas for something like six different workshops. From classroom community/collaboration, to movement, to narrative, we could have gone in wildly different directions together this afternoon. I suppose we'll just have to explore those in follow-up sessions!
Thanks for an inspiring afternoon, Mary Collins teachers.