Performing Arts in the Classroom

 Drama, Movement, Music and Much More 


In this session participants will learn how easy it is to use drama, movement and music to increase student engagement. These days the expectations and standards of learning are very high. The importance of scheduling opportunities for students to move and be creative has never been more important. Teachers will leave this workshop with new games, activities and techniques that they can use across the curriculum areas.

During this session we will discover different activities that connect to:

  • Literacy– Comprehension skills, spelling and language development
  • Writing– Acting/dancing out the genre
  • Mathematics – Problem solving strategies, chance and data, number
  • Other Possibilities– Values Program, Growth Mindset, Inquiry/Integrated topics, the elements of movement and dance.

Want to be kept in the loop about future training online, in Australia or Canada? Follow this link and choose the training that works best for you! 

Teaching Standards 

This session will support professional learning areas of the Australasian Professional Standards for Teachers (AITSL) and recommended Teaching Standards for Nova Scotia, Canada.

 AITSL Standards:

Standard 1: Know students and how they learn

  • Focus area 1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students and how these may affect learning.
  • Focus area 1.2 Understand how students learn- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research into how students learn and the implications for teaching.

Standard 2: Know the content and how to teach it

  • Focus area 2.1 Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area. Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
  • Focus area 2.5 Literacy and numeracy strategies Know and understand literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application in teaching areas. Apply knowledge and understanding of effective teaching strategies to support students’ literacy and numeracy achievement.

Standard 3: Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning

  • Focus area 3.3 Use teaching strategies Include a range of teaching strategies. Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
  • Focus area 3.5 Use effective classroom communication Demonstrate a range of verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student engagement. Use effective verbal and non-verbal communication strategies to support student understanding, participation, engagement and achievement.

Standard 4: Create and maintain supportive and safe learning environments

  • Focus area 4.1 Support student participation Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities. Establish and implement inclusive and positive interactions to engage and support all students in classroom activities.

Teaching Standards for Nova Scotia as purposed by a 2016 Discussion Document. 

Standard 1: Teachers know, respond to, and engage all students.

Standard 2: Teachers know their subjects and how to teach them.

Standard 4: Teachers create safe and positive learning environments.

Standard 5: Teachers participate in professional learning throughout their careers.

About the presenter:

Cathy Koman has been a teacher for 17 years. She is the creator of Mindful Storytelling, a workshop series delivered to schools which combines drama, movement, music and mindfulness. Through her work she has supported students, teachers and parents to adopt a more mindful approach to life and learning. In 2017, Cathy created Books ALIVE, where participants use Literacy strategies, drama and collaborative storytelling to put a twist on some of our favourite picture books.  She passionately promotes kindness, self-confidence, creativity and compassion in all her work. It is her intention to support students of all ages to trust in themselves, their creative ideas and bravely put these ideas into action.

Performing Arts in the Classroom Workshop Dates:

Wednesday, July the 24th- 5pm – 7pm – Maribrynong College- Registration Now Open for ANZUK Staff

Wednesday, September the 4th – 5pm – 7pm Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada – Registration Opening Soon- 

Join a group of Like minded Educators and Teachers striving to support students to believe in themselves, develop their creative expression and confidence. Click on this link and leave your details to join. 

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