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Dramanet Weekly Summary: 24th July – 31st July

Dramanet Weekly Summary: 24th July – 31st July

Ata mārie tātou!

Guilt-stricken as I sit here drinking my Saturday morning coffee having to complete the weekly summary that I didn’t get a moment to send out yesterday – apologies to you all.

This summary will also go live on the Dramanet VLN group for those who want to read the summary as an overview of activity but might struggle with logging into the archive. Remember that when you click on any of the hyperlinks in this summary, you’ll be asked to log in to access the archive on the Arts Online website. Simply, type the username “artsonline” and the password “mailinglist” to do this.


So, let’s sum it all up…

Note Worthy:

  • It’s great to see people constantly sharing practices around the increased productivity and creativity digital technologies are providing, in the drama classroom. After a few weeks of increased interest in collaborative practices between teachers (and there are heaps of uses for this suite for students too!!) across the country using GoogleDrive. It was refreshing this week to hear David Chamber’s reflections and encouragement around the use of Pecha Kucha as a way to revitalise student presentations. Thanks to others who shared their experiences too!

He Reo Āwhina, He Reo Tautoko: A voice of help and support…

  • Emily Stutzman wanted clarification around features that could be discussed to address the use of space to reference the social/historical/geographical context in Epic Theatre for the Level 3, theatre form external assessment.
  • There was a reminder about how people can go about requesting to join the internal moderation and practice examination Google Drive collaboration groups formed by Angela Harland.
  • Kelly Harris sought advice around the assessment specifications for her focus, clowning, for the Level One theatre form external assessment.
  • Lucy McGirr was on the hunt for costumes for her production of Aladdin Jr coming up in October.
  • David was also looking for help to get/access a number of scripts for Bugsy Malone. Thanks to those who have offered assistance thus far.

Professional Viewing / Reading:

Professional Development Opportunities and Workshops:

  • On behalf of another very active Drama New Zealand branch, Merrin Diack altered Canterbury Drama New Zealand subscribers to all of their branch events and meetings for this Term!
  • Gillian Payne, drama facilitator for Team Solutions in Auckland altered us all to the cancelled PLD workshop titled: “Developing relevant learning contexts for Drama courses at NCEA Levels 1 – 3” which was to be held of August 6th.
  • Belinda Meares advertised an InterPlay workshop in Christchurch on August 16th, 1-5pm. InterPlay is an improvisation practice that incorporates creative movement, voice expression and draws on aspects of physical theatre.
  • A reminder to South Island subscribers about the NZQA Best Practice Workshop for Drama that is coming up in Christchurch on 15th September. See the post for a registration link. Standards in focus for the workshop include: 90999, 91216, 91515, 91000, 91516 as well as a discussion around how to collect evidence for more than one standard.
  • Associate Professor Viv Aitken altered us to a Mantle of the Expert meeting/workshop on Thursday 3rd September, 4.30-6.30pm in the Hawkes’ Bay.

In the Spotlight: “A Primary Focus”

  • A great resource for integrating te reo Māori with creativity and drama and other arts learning in the Primary/Intermediate classroom is the well-used resource “Maui: A Pacific Super Hero”. Lesson ideas for all arts areas are included, and I must say viewing the DVD of the stage show alone provides inspiration for great devising activities too. The online resources are all aimed at Level 3.

Finally and on that note, this week was te wiki o te reo Māori, a nation-wide, week-long celebration of our national treasure, the Māori language. I hope you were able to find some time to celebrate this precious taonga with your classes! Language-learning is a journey for everyone and we’re all somewhere on that journey.

If you want more ideas for integrating and embedding your own use of te reo in the classroom head over to the Māori language commission website, Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori, where there is a wealth of information for you to peruse.


Kia pai tō mutunga wiki whānau!

Ryan Benjamin

Arts Online Community Facilitator - Dramanet

Dramanet Weekly Summary

Dramanet Weekly Summary

A weekly summary of activity on Dramanet