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Empathy 2.0

Created by Steven Stack

Brought to you by instructor Steven Stack, creator of The Empathetic Classroom, this course looks at ways to move on from the worldwide pandemic, while honoring the past and learning from it. In the past year, students had many things taken from them: school, hanging out with friends, freedom, hope, and innocence.

With this course, each session will highlight one specific topic relating to moving on. There will also be activities for each session that will help your students own the past, embrace their own and others’ narratives and scars, create a stronger classroom community, find ways to be where their feet are planted, and learn to play again.

7 Modules
1 hours, 30 minutes
3 Credit Hours

Course Outline

Session 0: Disclaimer 0:57 FREE PREVIEW
A brief introduction to the course, instructor, and disclaimer relating to mental health issues.
Session 1: Introduction 10:02 FREE PREVIEW
This session introduces the material and lays the foundation for the course material.
Session 2: Embracing Your Scars 14:08
The second session, “Embracing Your Scars,” is where we start seeing our scars not as something to hide but as critical parts of who we are and something to be embraced and shared.
Session 3: Finding the Gap 17:08
The third session, “Finding the Gap,” is about those times when life is about to get the best of us and being able to find that space between being present and losing it.
Session 4: The Impermanent Improv 18:58
The Fourth session, “Life: The Impermanent Improv’’ is all about the realization that life is not a play; it’s improv. Listening and responding, thinking on your feet and the phrase “Yes and . . .” are all vital in order to go with the flow of and making the most of this thing called life.
Session 5: What's Now? 24:43
The Fifth session, which moves us into the “What’s Now?” is about moving on from last year and embracing play and being in the giant sandbox of life. Being goofy, not worrying it looks or the point of it all, and simply being six again.
Session 6: The Final Wrap Up 4:16
The sixth, and final session, will wrap up everything we’ve discussed and hopefully, offer more encouragement as you go forward into the coming year.

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Standards Addressed

National Core Arts Standards

Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade 7

TH:Pr4.1.7.b - Use various character objectives in a drama/theatre work.

Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation - Grade 8

TH:Pr4.1.8.b - Use various character objectives and tactics in a drama/theatre work to overcome an obstacle.

Organize and develop artistic ideas and work - Grade HS Accomplished

TH:Cr2.1.HSII.b - Cooperate as a creative team to make interpretive choices for a drama/theatre work.

California VAPA Standards (2019)

7.TH:Pr4 Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

7.TH:Pr4.b - Use various character objectives in a drama/theatre work.

8.TH:Pr4 Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.

8.TH:Pr4.b - Use various character objectives and tactics in a drama/theatre work to overcome an obstacle.

Georgia Performance Standards - Theatre Arts

Tennessee Theatre Curriculum Standards

Tennessee Theatre standards (2018) standards were built using the framework of the NCAS which is built on four key domains: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Connecting, and Responding. Within each of these domains are foundations and standards to support the development of curriculum, programs, and learning.
(source: Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts, Summer 2018)

Please refer to National Core Arts Standards to determine the standard that best suits your needs.

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Theatre Arts

MS 117.211 LI - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

C.1.A - develop characterization based on sensory and emotional recall.

MS 117.212 LII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

B.1.A - explore characterization using sensory and emotional recall.

MS 117.213 LIII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

B.1.B - explore preparation and warm-up techniques.

HS 117.316 LII - Creative Expression: performance

C.2.B - explore creativity as it relates to self and ensemble.

HS 117.316 LII - Critical evaluation and response

C.5.B - analyze theatre as an art form and evaluate self as a creative being.

HS 117.317 LIII - Foundations: Inquiry and Understanding

C.1.A - apply theatre preparation and warm-up techniques effectively.

HS 117.317 LIII - Critical evaluation and response

C.5.B - recognize theatre as an art form and evaluate self as a creative being.

Alberta, Canada

Theatre Studies Level II - Intermediate (Theatre History)

5 - recognize that “theatre is a mirror of society”.

Ontario, Canada

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