21st Century Skills Through Devising

Created by Allison Williams

Allison Williams leads the course: 21st Century Skills Through Devising. This course covers what devising is, why to do it, how to do it, and how your students can master the 21st Century Skills of collaborations and cooperation, critical thinking, creative thinking through devising.

High school is a great place to try devising with your students. But it’s not something you want to throw at your students without any preparation. Framework is important and this course takes you through a number of exercises you can take into the classroom tomorrow to help build a place of physical safety, a place where students work at making a lot of choices instead of waiting for the perfect choice, and a place where students feel comfortable making creative choices. The material also reviews the process of putting together a show from the idea/research stage to editing, to giving feedback.

Your students have what it takes to create their own material, collaborate with each other, and have a unique theatrical experience!

Module 1: Introduction 8:44 FREE PREVIEW
This module introduces the instructor and what the teacher will learn through the modules laid out in the course.
Module 2: Key Elements of Successful Devising 6:18 FREE PREVIEW
This module covers the elements of successful devising.
Module 3: Physical Safety 6:42
This module covers how to create a physically safe space for devising, and how to get your students to buy in.
Module 4: Creative Comfort 5:53
This module discusses creative comfort, how to use rules, respect, open play and your teacher energy to make a space where students feel comfortable to make creative choices and safe enough to take creative risks.
Module 5: Group Dynamics and Collaboration 7:36
This modules covers how to keep the group dynamics collective with our collaborative thinking, how to lead from behind and how to encourage considerate but fast decision-making.
Module 6: Finding a Topic 7:26
This module covers how to find a topic to use when you start devising a play.
Module 7: Research 7:33
This module covers how your students can do useful research, how to make sure it’s factual, and how to keep the other side in mind.
Module 8: Developing Material 7:59
This module talks about developing material with specific limited assignments.
Module 9: Feedback 6:00
This module talks about giving and using quality feedback.
Module 10: Edit and Refine into a Finished Show 5:44
This modules covers how to edit and refine the material your students generate into a finished show.
Module 11: Devising Chorus Work 5:08
This module discusses how to use devising to make small parts big and your chorus as specific and exciting as the leading roles.
Module 12: Wrap-Up 2:59
This module wraps up the course and recaps the key elements.

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