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Started by Merryn Dunmill 12 Sep 2011 2:31pm () Replies (6)

Kia ora koutou

Arts Online is running a professional learning programme for Teachers New to Drama & Primary Drama Specialists, Term 4 (Wk 2-5). There will be three video conference sessions, one per week in weeks 3, 4 and 5 each featuring a different drama expert and topic. An online discussion group will operate throughout the 5 weeks so that questions, issues and resources can be shared. This group will operate as one of Arts Online's focus groups here on the Virtual Learning Network - /pg/groups/59896/arts-online/. Leave a message on this group if you are interested. Numbers are limited!


  • SG84 (View all users posts) 14 Sep 2011 10:59am ()

    Hi Merryn,

    I am a beginning teacher at South Westland Area School in Harihari. I would like to join this programme if you still have room.


    Sharnelle Gilchrist

  • Merryn Dunmill (View all users posts) 23 Sep 2011 1:16pm ()

    Hi Sharnelle

    Great. We are just finishing a visual arts programme and I'll get this drama one up and running next week so watch the space. Have a soft spot for South Westland Area School as i set up VC music classes a few years back and ran them till end of last year. Not sure what's happening now that Hagley have taken over?




  • Nicholas Patrick Brown (View all users posts) 27 Sep 2011 8:26pm ()

    Hi Merryn, hi Sharnelle:

    I will be working with Merryn to make these video conferences a success, so I look forward to meeting you later.  Sharnelle, a question for you: what foci would you like to see covered in the conferences?  At the moment I am suggesting:

    •	'Building a Primary Drama Curriculum' 
    • 'Raising Maori Achievement'
    • 'Building a Senior Curriculum'
    • 'Maori/Pasifika theatre'
    • 'Understanding NCEA'
    Do these excite you or might you suggest alternatives?
    Cheers, Nick
  • SG84 (View all users posts) 27 Sep 2011 9:45pm ()

    Hi Merryn,

    Thats great, I am looking forward to it :-) The VC music classes are still happening and by the sounds of what the students tell me they are going well. They are very lucky to have the opportunity to learn from experienced tutors through VC.

    Hi Nick,

    The majority of them sounds good. I'm just a beginning teacher so I might be wrong but is it necessary to have a conference about raising maori achievement when it happens to be a major focus in schools anyway so most schools have likely already ran PD on this topic also shouldn't we want to raise all student achievement in Drama as this seems to be a topic that isn't very high on the curriculum list?

    I have a couple ideas for video conferences: drama integration (mixing it with other subjects so that it has a more prominent place in the classroom, this is proabaly just part of the 'building a primary drama curriculum' topic) and motivational strategies for getting students and teachers involved in drama.



  • Merryn Dunmill (View all users posts) 28 Sep 2011 10:02am ()

    HI all

    The primary topic and across curriculum topic are great ideas Sharnelle. It's looking like there might be the chance to cover 3 topics, one per VC. We'll work on this and set up the group proper now so that everyone on Nick's list (those interested in subscribing) are all together in one space preparing for each session that will run next term.


    Thanks for letting me know how things are going with music too!


    Look forward to this taking off.




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