The students in Jennifer Golonka’s dance class are beginning to choreograph in small groups. They invent movements and spatial pathways using language to negotiate and problem solve as they work. The dance-making provides an authentic opportunity for the students to communicate, and the supportive collaboration provides a safe space to try something new.
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Sarah is a 5th grade advanced English Language Learner at PS 20Q. She is an eager student, but one who is still developing academically. In dance, she finds a creative outlet where she builds a strong artistic voice and grows into a leader among her peers.
The first goal of teaching artist Chris Heller’s theater residency at P.S. 239Q is to create a safe space for 4th and 5th grade ELLS to take risks in theater. Through scaffolded warm-up activities students progress through silent, physical warm-ups, to games in which they’re asked to say just one word or sound, to eventually […]
Jia-Xing is a first year English Language Learner at PS 20 in Queens. He is also a naturally gifted dancer. We see how, through his engagement with Teaching Artist Mei-Yin’s dance unit, his command of the English language greatly improves, and he becomes a leader among his peer group.
In Kim and Nami’s 4/5th grade dance residency, the artists provide students with a clear artistic process to help students develop their own improvisations. This structured step-by-step process frees students to work through artistic problems independently, putting the power in the students to explore movement freely, make artistic choices and decide how to develop their […]
A 5th grade student at PS 19Q is a new arrival to the country and a beginner English Language Learner. She is learning to make dances and to speak English at the same time. Teaching Artist Jen Golonka’s Tool Box of Dance elements provides visual language support, while classmates serve as translators and collaborators.
The 5th graders at PS 130 connect their Parade Puppet Residency to their Social Studies Unit on “Slavery and Freedom”. 5th grade teacher Mr. Zagami talks through the benefits of designing puppets and generating first person monologues based on research from a variety of texts. The students put themselves in another person’s shoes, and answer […]
In silence, Sarah Provost and her assistant, Kate Brehm, demonstrate the technique of making large-scale papier mâché puppets. Students observe, and then give voice to the artistic process.
Midway through their Theater Residency, Eric Mark Olson’s 5th grade students rehearse and perform scripted monologues. Each student receives feedback from a small group of peers, and is able to improve his or her monologue performance.
The students in Ms. Meza’s 5th grade class are working in small groups and applying papier mâché to create their parade puppets. Teaching Artist, Sarah Provost, guides the students to give each other feedback as part of the art-making process.