Days #4 and 5
|Teachers and dancers offer feedback with a generous spirit|
|Teachers share their choreography|
|Building ensemble also means building trust|
The New Vic Education Department has implemented this version of the Critical Response Process in the pre-performance lesson plan for Momentum. It includes students attending the show, an afternoon dance professional development with partner teachers in early December and training sessions with our teaching artists.
As we find more ways to use this process, I wonder: Who else is using the Critical Response Process? How can we find more ways to work directly with our students in this manner, especially in our 45-minute workshop model? What are your professional development strategies for working with a variety of teachers in the arts? What methods do you share with your teachers for peer-to-peer learning? How do you work with your teaching artist employees around the idea of ensemble building? What questions am I not asking about collaboration and critical feedback?
Courtney J. Boddie is the Associate Director of Education at The New Victory Theater. She holds a Masters in Educational Theatre from New York University. She is on the adjunct faculty for the Educational Theatre Graduate Programs at both New York University and City College of New York, CUNY. She is currently a member of the NYC Arts-in-Education Roundtable TA Affairs Committee and Face-to-Face Conference Committee. She has also served as facilitating partner with the New York City Department of Education Office of Arts on Special Programs to design arts education professional development for NYC Public School Teachers. @courtneyjboddie