Educational Drama Association of Nova Scotia

Conference of Stuff:  Tools for the Drama Classroom

 

October 22, 2021

Whether you are a seasoned drama teacher, you've just been told you're teaching drama, or you are a classroom teacher at high school or elementary, we have something you can incorporate in your classroom. Check out what we have to offer to engage students in getting out of their seats to move and create.


The EDANS October Conference is taking place in a ZOOM Meeting.

If you have already registered for the conference and have lost access to your ZOOM Meeting information, or if you are having connection troubles with Zoom, please check in with me (Jonathan Grady) at the following Google Meet: 

https://meet.google.com/rat-upnb-sdw

This Google Meet Link will be open starting at 8:00 am on Friday, October 22 and will remain open throughout the conference day.


Conference Registration now closed
 Receipts for conferences will be distributed electronically from NSTU Central office starting the week following the conference.
They will be emailed to the address provided during registration.

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Fees:

Conference Fee $60.00
Pre-Service / Retirees / Substitutes $25.00

As per NSTU Operational Procedure 13 E. IV.: receipts of payment and attendance will not be distributed until the conference has concluded.

Contact Information:

Registrar:  Jon Grady
jkgrady@nstu.ca

KEYNOTE  - Bekah Schneider
The Art of Games

Playing Games: Do you ever feel like your students aren't listening - or worse aren't
learning? Has there ever been a point where you're bored with the way you teach a
unit? Or perhaps you just haven't had the time or know how to make your lessons
pop? Bekah Schneider teaches on creating a positive classroom environment and on
ways to incorporate games and activities that aren't just fun - they're educational!
Discover how to engage students through movement, laughter, creativity, and
games.

A passionate educator and mother of two, Bekah believes strongly in the power
of fun in the classroom. Bekah has a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, has
taught internationally, and worked with both IB and Core Knowledge curriculum.
She has led workshops at EARCOS and KORCOS, as well as been a guest on DTA
Podcasts and ISTA PD Chat. Having taught a variety of subjects from Study Skills
and History to English and Drama, she has seen time and time again the effect that
student engagement has on learning. Bekah teaches how to create a dynamic and
lively environment in your classroom.

Session Descriptions

Session A - 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

A1  Drama 11/12
Does your teaching assignment include combined classes of Drama 11 and Drama 12: Theatre Arts? Join me for some tips and tricks and a sharing session on how to cut down on the stress when teaching these two courses at the same time! I will share ideas on ground rules, course outlines, evaluation, and projects that work well for planning concurrent assignments. You can expect to leave this session with plans for the Write a Play, Stage a Play project for students in both courses, as well as scripts for radio plays that cover Outcomes for both courses.
Natalie MacIsaac - Originally from Pictou, NS, Natalie MacIsaac has been teaching in the Annapolis Valley for over 20 years. She taught Drama 10 at West Kings District High School, and has been teaching Drama 11 and Drama 12: Theatre Arts at Horton High School since 2001. When she’s not teaching high school students, she enjoys working with the NSTU, gardening, kickboxing, and camping.

A2  Teaching Beginner Improv
A workshop designed around teaching the fundamentals of improv and learning games that you can play through zoom and in person. Building energy, Accepting offers and creating suggestions will be some of the main themes taught as we learn to bring improv into our classrooms!
Draven Hewitt has been improvising for over 7 years, involving coaching teams for the Canadian Improv Games, creating workshops for the Dalhousie Improv Group, and teaching at Halifax Drama Fest. Draven is excited for this unique experience to teach the teachers and promote strong roots for the Improv community!

A3  Story Telling
It’s so much more than reading words! But what makes a great storyteller? From big picture concepts to practical tips, discover how to up your storytelling game (and that of your students) in this workshop.
Bekah Schneider - A passionate educator and mother of two, Bekah believes strongly in the power of fun in the classroom. Bekah has a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, has taught internationally, and worked with both IB and Core Knowledge curriculum. She has led workshops at EARCOS and KORCOS, as well as been a guest on DTA Podcasts and ISTA PD Chat. Having taught a variety of subjects from Study Skills and History to English and Drama, she has seen time and time again the effect that student engagement has on learning. Bekah teaches how to create a dynamic and lively environment in your classroom.

A4  Elementary Movement
Meredith teaches a series of movement exercises that are simple to integrate into the classroom environment for teachers. These movements ignite students' imagination, improve focus and are designed to help kids integrate learning with greater ease. When the body is included in learning information, kids have an even greater capacity to access that information in the future. No previous movement training is required--all that is necessary is for students/teachers to show up to have fun while moving!
Meredith Kalaman is a two time Chrystal Dance Prize recipient, dance educator and creating and performing new contemporary dance works. She has created pieces about; giraffes, girl guiding, exploring constellations, superheroes, female identity and the impacts of gender socialization. She has taught across Canada for the last 18 years and is most inspired by bringing dance to all bodies and providing a way in for people to enjoy the experience of being in their body. Teachers and choreographers that have left a particular influence on her include; John Ottmann, Noam Gagnon, Farley Johansson, Karen Jamieson, Peggy Baker, Judith Marcuse, Judith Garay, Julie Lebel and Kate Franklin. Meredith is a graduate of the Ballet BC Mentor Program. Meredith is thankful to be an artist who grew up in Vancouver on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. She is now grateful to reside on the land of the Mi’kma’ki in Nova Scotia.

A5  Finding the Gifts in Online Workshops
Starting in April 2020 Laura Caswell and her team at Neptune Theatre School had to shift their plans and discover new ways of engaging students of all ages, especially the acclaimed Youth Performance Company. Programs had to pivot and with the use of both online and small in person formats some new hybrid programs were developed. 
Questions we will ask and explore:

  • What are the pros of online coaching and workshops?
  • What were some of the discoveries in changing the way things "are usually done?” 
  • What techniques work online? 
  • What are the skills and important aspects of live performance that cannot really shift to digital? 

Caswell will give you a glimpse of the "Belt Your Face Off" workshop she developed and delivered a number of times over the pandemic closures to use as an example of some of the ideas and strategies for this type of teaching.
Laura Caswell has performed in musicals and cabarets all over Canada. She earned a Masters in Performance through Mountview Academy in London, UK as well as studying at AMDA in New York, Second City in Toronto and Puppetry at Humber and Mermaid Theatre. Laura Caswell (she/her) has been a professional musical theatre and cabaret performer for over twenty years. Caswell trained in New York and London and has performed in leading roles all across the country. Neptune credits include playing "The Witch".....(5 times) in shows such as Mary Poppins, Into the Woods, and Shrek. Caswell has directed shows for Neptune (Frozen Jr, Kitchen Party) and choreographed (Wizard of Oz, A Year with Frog and Toad, Once). She is a passionate educator and producer and is the Director of Education for Neptune. @thelauracaswell.

Session B - 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

B1  Creative Brilliance for the Classroom
This workshop focuses on developing the identification of creative process in individual students. The way we think in numbers can be seen as a creative thought process and when we engage students in acknowledging their creative capacities in all forms we teach them to start creating in their own way rather than disregarding the capacities they are innately have and forming to only linear and structured design. This is a way of seeing that all we do is here up contribute and add rather than delineate and take away. 
Meredith Kalaman is a two time Chrystal Dance Prize recipient, dance educator and creating and performing new contemporary dance works. She has created pieces about; giraffes, girl guiding, exploring constellations, superheroes, female identity and the impacts of gender socialization. She has taught across Canada for the last 18 years and is most inspired by bringing dance to all bodies and providing a way in for people to enjoy the experience of being in their body. Teachers and choreographers that have left a particular influence on her include; John Ottmann, Noam Gagnon, Farley Johansson, Karen Jamieson, Peggy Baker, Judith Marcuse, Judith Garay, Julie Lebel and Kate Franklin. Meredith is a graduate of the Ballet BC Mentor Program. Meredith is thankful to be an artist who grew up in Vancouver on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples–Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. She is now grateful to reside on the land of the Mi’kma’ki in Nova Scotia.

B2  Developing Improv
This workshop will be conducted online. It will focus on preparing a group of advanced students (Drama 11/12 students who chose the course and/or have drama experience, or second year Improv players) for short form and long form improv play.  Teachers can expect to play games, have fun, learn new strategies for teaching improv, and feel comfortable giving their upper level drama students some improv skills beyond the basics of listen, offer, accept and advance. We may even create a masterpiece in our time together!
David Zinck has been involved in educational drama since the beginning of his career.  He has taught Drama 10 over 60 times!  He has also had the pleasure and joy of being involved in the Canadian Improv Games since 2002 as a Coach at several schools, even at the same time! He still loves to play and over the COVID times, his teams met regularly online and built long form plays together that would run for over an hour at times, usually ending in a sea of giggles, and "How did we pull that off!" amazement.

B3  Creating Character
This workshop will explore a variety of fun and unique ways to help students discover, define, and create character. This practical workshop is filled with exercises to help both actors and writers transform into characters.
Bekah Schneider - A passionate educator and mother of two, Bekah believes strongly in the power of fun in the classroom. Bekah has a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, has taught internationally, and worked with both IB and Core Knowledge curriculum. She has led workshops at EARCOS and KORCOS, as well as been a guest on DTA Podcasts and ISTA PD Chat. Having taught a variety of subjects from Study Skills and History to English and Drama, she has seen time and time again the effect that student engagement has on learning. Bekah teaches how to create a dynamic and lively environment in your classroom.

B4  Drama 10 Bootcamp
Whether you are brand new to teaching Drama 10, you've had a few years of teaching it under your belt, or you're in need of some fresh ideas to bring new energy to your curriculum; this workshop will provide you with plenty of inspiration. Focusing on unit specific games/exercises, assignments allowing students to explore their own creativity, collaborative learning opportunities, and engaging performance assignments; you will leave this workshop with a complete overview of the Drama 10 course. You will be provided with assignments, rubrics, print and online resources, scripts and monologue options, as well as advice on adapting to online learning.
April H. Cross has been teaching Drama throughout HRCE for 17 years, and has been teaching Drama 10, 11 and 12 at Halifax West High School for the past eight years. She is an experienced Improv Coach, having coached four teams to compete at the Canadian Improv Games National Tournament. While she started out her Theatrical career as a teenage actor, she has focused on Directing, Stage Management and Lighting Design since becoming a Drama Teacher; having worked on countless School Musicals and Student Productions. April has a B.A. with Honours in Theatre Studies from Dalhousie University and a B.Ed. in Secondary Dramatic Arts Education from Queen's University.

B5  Building your Showcase or Cabaret - live and virtual
In this fun and interactive workshop Caswell will lead you through ideas and prompts for creating anything from a solo in person cabaret to an online concert of cabaret night. 
Offering some simple tools and resources and the importance of creating a journey and story for the audience, you will walk away empowered to create and to share the joys of performance. 
This could be great inspiration for an upcoming fundraiser, or trigger ways to showcase students over the next school year. 
Topics will include; technical tips and tricks, inclusivity and diversity, accessibility, rights and broadcasting, marketing, artistry and basic production checklists. 
Laura Caswell has performed in musicals and cabarets all over Canada. She earned a Masters in Performance through Mountview Academy in London, UK as well as studying at AMDA in New York, Second City in Toronto and Puppetry at Humber and Mermaid Theatre. Laura Caswell (she/her) has been a professional musical theatre and cabaret performer for over twenty years. Caswell trained in New York and London and has performed in leading roles all across the country. Neptune credits include playing "The Witch".....(5 times) in shows such as Mary Poppins, Into the Woods, and Shrek. Caswell has directed shows for Neptune (Frozen Jr, Kitchen Party) and choreographed (Wizard of Oz, A Year with Frog and Toad, Once). She is a passionate educator and producer and is the Director of Education for Neptune. @thelauracaswell.

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