Social-emotional Learning Practices with Students

As we look ahead to the start of the school year and wonder what it will look like, we know one thing for certain: ArtsConnection teaching artists and program managers are ready to bring arts teaching to students and schools. Social-emotional learning (SEL) will be an integral component of supporting students as they return to school, regardless of whether they are attending virtual classes, in-person lessons, or a blend of the two, and these practices will help students to process the difficult experiences of the pandemic and the other changes that have occurred around the globe. Arts teaching in all disciplines helps students with each of the five well-researched pillars of SEL: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, social awareness, and relationship skills, as well as with building empathy and managing emotions. The Wellness Team at ArtsConnection has been hard at work enhancing wellness initiatives, which artists are incorporating into their warm-ups, lessons, and arts exercises, which is deepening our ability to bring the transformative power of the arts to students in an uplifting way.

Preview ArtsConnection’s integration of SEL and Wellness initiatives below:

Teaching artist and puppeteer Sara Jane Munford supports student voices by allowing them to explore a range of emotions.

Teaching Artist, dancer, and yogi Amparo Chigui Santiago demonstrates her breathing and reflection techniques used to initiate her lessons with students.

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Upcoming Lessons: Week of July 27
Workshops for rising 6th-8th grade students

Please join ArtsConnection and an amazing group of teaching artists as they lead exploratory workshops for Middle School students generated in the summer Teaching and Learning Lab.

Seeds of Creating Theater with Omar Perez
Tuesday, July 28th at 11 AM – 12 noon

Explore ways to create your own original scenes or monologues using tools generated by professional theater artist Omar Perez.  Examine what inspires you personally to build new ways of seeing that deepen your work as a playwright.

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Songs as inspiration for Stop-Motion Animation with Barthelemny Atsin
Wednesday, July 29th at 11 AM

In this introductory workshop, students will create a storyboard inspired by one of their favorite songs.  Participants will look at different examples of stop-motion animation to build an understanding of the process as they start making their own.  Please be sure to have a song in mind when you join us.

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Dance Your Story with Sarah Dahnke
Thursday, July 30th, 2 PM

The goal of this session is to play with collaborative dancemaking tools and become more free and confident devising choreography. Participants will be guided with simple narrative inspiration for creating movement together using only the limited space your device’s camera can see, No prior dance experience necessary; any movement you create can be choreography!

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Summer in the City
Creating Stories Together
Grades 1-2
Mondays and Tuesdays
Aug 10-11, 2020 – Aug 17-18, 2020
10:45-11:45 AM

Puppetry Teaching Artist, Erin Orr, will lead participants through interactive storytelling featuring puppets, movement and songs. We will explore a different folktale each week and work together to adapt the stories to include the students’ ideas for characters, actions, emotions, sound effects and movement.

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ArtsConnection links learning to the arts for school-aged children and now, more than ever, we need your support to continue creating these connections. Donate now to help us provide art material kits to accompany remote lessons, seminar courses for our teens to virtually explore the rich NYC arts landscape, and so much more.

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