Course

Experiential Learning through Dramatics, Movement, and Play


We know that young children learn best when their minds and bodies are engaged. Integrating physical, cognitive and social-emotional learning through guided play is experiential learning at its best. In this class you will study a range of dramatic exercises, techniques, and strategies designed to encourage both new and seasoned teachers to engage more deeply with young learners.                                       

The goal of this course is to give participants tools to design play scenarios and subject studies that combine emergent and established methodologies of dramatics, movement, and play. You will explore tools that are foundational to emerging literacy, self-expression, basic cognition, and future academic achievement.

You will apply methods rooted in developmental theory and aligned with science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) education principles. The approach includes the arts for a more holistic understanding of our world.

This usable, adaptable, and effective approach to facilitating curriculum encourages children to tap into their greatest natural gift: their imagination. It offers them movement with purpose.

Course topics explored:

  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Perseverance
  • Innovation
  • Planning
  • Self-discipline
  • Adaptability

This is an interactive and collaborative class that includes coaching sessions, modeling, and reflection. Video tutorials are incorporated into the course and are used by students for peer and self-evaluation. These multimodal techniques allow students to learn and practice their new skills in an environment of encouragement and enthusiasm.

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