NHCS Narrative

NHCS Claire wkshIMG_1885My first ever Troubadour workshop…what a positive and encouraging sixty minutes!

My own experience with after-school programming informed the design of this workshop for the Neighborhood House Charter School after-school staff. Together, we worked and played through a progressive sequence of literacy through movement activities. We reflected after each shared learning experience, talked over possible applications, modifications, and extensions.

With the specific focus of literacy in motion, designed for the after-school setting, staff members learned how to facilitate active learning experiences. Icebreakers, get-to-know-you games, vocabulary development, simple classroom management techniques. You name it, we applied movement to it, keeping in mind specific goals and potential challenges.

NHCS Claire wkshp teachers group activityWe explored how to proactively address student conflict by developing emotional intelligence and vocabulary. Using a structured drama framework, we opened a dialogue to safely diNHCS Claire wkshp movementscuss emotions and their expression using specific, descriptive language. Staff members quickly saw the value of facilitating this kind of discussion, and are excited to try the activity with their students.

The second workshop in this series will continue with literacy in motion, and will specifically address techniques for smoothing transitions using movement, as requested by staff. I am so looking forward to this next workshop with the stellar NHCS after-school staff, to further facilitate the spread of sound literacy in motion practices.

Thank you NHCS, and thank you Troubadour, ours is a partnership that truly gives wings to childrens’ words.

Claire Gervais

Troubadour Teaching Artist

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