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Dramanet Weekly Summary: 1st August to 7th August

Dramanet Weekly Summary: 1st August – 7th August 2015

Another busy week for you all I am sure as the Term 3 monster begins to crack its whip…I hope between the unpredictable whether, the production weeks and pack-outs, the careers and option selection evenings, more parent report evenings and thinking ahead to formative examinations (just to meet the photocopying deadline…) and then, y’know the day-to-day routines too, you’re all finding some time for you!?!

Right, here’s the weekly wrap up…

Note Worthy:

I was interested, this week, to start the first of a series of threads where people share their experiences of using the lesser-known or more recent additions to the drama assessment matrix with those of us who might not have looked into them, either for fear of the unknown OR our comfortability with the familiar. The idea being that if we see how it’s worked for someone else we might find that there is a context or learning thread in our programmes and a student or students who might benefit by having these standards included as assessment opportunities.

  • This week we discussed how drama/theatre theorists and practitioners feature in our teaching and learning programmes and how/if we assess these using Achievement Standard 91516. Thanks to everyone who share their experiences and ideas around this – would be great to hear more from others too!

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

  • Marcus Stuart was looking for an Ass for his Bottom. Thanks to everyone who suggested possibilities.
  • Chris Burton re-opened an earlier thread and sough additional clarification for the L3 assessment specifications regarding ‘use of space to reference social/historical or geographical context’ for his external theatre form focus – NZ Theatre.
  • Elizabeth Anderson from the University of Auckland explained that some new post-grad arts education papers were in development at the UoA and wanted feedback about the focus that these two related post-graduate level arts PLD papers could have that would be of benefit to us. These papers would result in a PG Cert qual.

Events, EOTC & Live Performance Opportunities:

  • The Hawkins Theatre in Papakura is celebrating 25 years TODAY – congratulations Hawkins team! The celebrations include free movie screenings all day and drama workshops for 8-18 year olds and senior citizens all day today.
  • There are still some school matinee tickets available on the 3rd and 4th September for students and teachers to see the White Guitar in Wellington.
  • The Auckland Arts Festival 2016 team also revealed some of the titles we can look forward to when the festival opens in Term 1.

Employment Opportunities:

Professional Development Opportunities and Workshops:

  • Emma Bishop reminded subscribers about the DNZ Auckland Branch workshop this coming Wednesday 12th August titled, “Digi-fy Your Drama” which I’ll be facilitating, with a focus on using Google Apps to ease the processes involved with external moderation submissions for secondary drama, but also how the apps can increase elements of collaboration and productivity in the primary or secondary drama classroom as well. I’m really looking forward to meeting those of you who attend!
  • There was also a reminder about the Drama New Zealand Auckland Branch AGM this coming Wednesday 12th August at 7.30pm at Unitec.

In the Spotlight: “A Primary Focus”

  • This five session unit called, “Feelings” shared on the teacher resource exchange by Sally Instone back in 2007 deserves another look and reminded me of the recently released Disney-Pixar animated film, Inside Out. In fact the unit and the film or clips from it in combination would make for a wonderful process drama and literacy-rich learning experience for junior primary students. (In fact, regardless of age – these questions and exercises would work at all levels! My seniors would probably love this too!)

Finally, a reminder that there is no question to silly and no idea too small to raise on Dramanet – get involved and share your thoughts!!  The thing that sets the arts education sector apart from the rest is facilities and resources just like this where our support for one another knows no limits!

A reminder too that this summary will be uploaded to the Dramanet VLN group. Remember also 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.


Kia pai to rā!

Ryan Benjamin

Arts Online Community Facilitator - Dramanet

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