With so much emphasis on student testing and so little money and time for arts in schools, it’s up to organizations like The New Victory Theater to not only provide quality arts programming for our education partners, but also to help teachers make the field trip experience more than just a free day away from the classroom.
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the Education Department.
By way of example, the School Tool for our current show, The Complete World of Sports (abridged) includes activities that explore the art of comedy and improvisation as well as the larger theme of parody in pop culture. The suggested improvisation activities, like "Yes and…" and "Freeze Tag" are reminiscent of the sketches from the television show Who’s Line is it Anyway and encourage students to think quickly on their feet. Whether used in a traditional drama classroom or by an English teacher looking to get kids’ creative juices going, these improv activities are a fun way to create an environment of camaraderie while challenging students to create a narrative in the moment. Teachers can then choose to expand upon the improvised scenes to focus on character analysis or creative writing, among other options.
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from the 2000-2001 season.
In the high-stakes, test-driven education environment, it is important for teachers to be able to tie their field trips to the curriculum. School Tool resource guides are one way that we - the Education department - help educators make the most out of their trip to the New Vic and help kids maximize their learning in the arts.
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