Shakespeare CPD Sessions

8 03 2013

Community Drama at Eastwood Park Theatre are holding a new FREE CPD course called The Shakespeare Sessions. Over five sessions, we will share, explore, experiment with and perform texts by Shakespeare.

These sessions aim to:

• Equip participants to effectively and innovatively engage learners with texts by Shakespeare
• Raise awareness of arts organisations and local resources that will support and enhance the learning experience
• Increase participants’ repertoire of teaching techniques for the Drama curriculum (we will be focusing on texts by Shakespeare but the learning can be used during Literacy/Language lessons and applied to others areas of the Expressive Arts curriculum)
• Boost participants confidence in tackling texts by Shakespeare through increasing their knowledge base through practical exploration
• Ensure participants have engaged in continuing professional development which improves learners’ achievements and attainments
• Enabled participants to share their practice and have adopted leading-edge practice to ensure creativity and innovation in their teaching
• Refresh and develop the expertise of participants when teaching texts by Shakespeare
• Given participants the opportunity to apply their learning in unfamiliar situations

To summarise, we want you to come along and share what you do when teaching texts by Shakespeare that you find to be successful and try out loads of new techniques, ideas, exercises and methods. The sessions culminate in an (optional) performance at East Renfrewshire’s World Book Night event.

The Shakespeare Sessions are aimed at:

• P6 or P7 teachers (or any other Primary teacher with an interest)
• Secondary Drama teachers
• Secondary English teachers
• Arts Professionals
• Those who feel nervous about teaching this area or are just starting their journey with Shakespeare
• Those with loads of experience, looking to refresh their practice, get some new ideas and share their expertise

The programme runs as follows:

Thursday 14th March 4-6pm Eastwood Park Theatre Session 1
Getting to know you, drawing up our KWFL grid (!), sharing current techniques, methods and exercises

Thursday 21st March 4-6pm Eastwood Park Theatre Session 2
Creative Conversation with Colin Bradie, CEO of Promote Youth Theatre and Shakespeare specialist

Thursday 28th March 4-6pm Eastwood Park Theatre Session 3
Practical exploration of methods to increase depth of learning

Thursday 18th April 4-6pm Eastwood Park Theatre Session 4
Focus on rehearsing and performing

Tuesday 23rd April 7pm (time TBC)Clarkston Library
Scratch performance as part of World Book Night

Places can be booked by emailing claire.crawford@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk or telephoning 0141 577 4863.

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