How it Works
How it Works
Throughout the summer intensive week, BTiC provides workshops designed to give you a wide variety of techniques for teaching theatre within a variety of classroom settings and for a variety of subjects. You will receive a Resource Notebook of detailed, easy-to-follow Learning Plans from ALL BTiC workshops throughout the week. BTiC Learning Plans demonstrate alignment with Common Core State Standards in several content areas; as well as 21st Century Skills. We will also support teachers in becoming familiar and comfortable with the purpose and language of the new State Arts Standards; all of our Learning Plans are designed to help students reach these standards in theatre and can be used to augment other discipline areas.
Overall BTiC Course Objectives
- Develop and enhance teaching practices by integrating theatre and dance techniques to increase student engagement and learning
- Gain tools to enhance your ability to foster 21st Century Skills in your students
- Align with Washington State standards for arts integration and core arts subjects, specifically dance and theatre
- Learn assessment strategies for arts learning
- Come away with written exercises and lessons to implement in your classrooms, as well as the ability to write your own curriculum based around theatre and dance
- Whenever possible, receive continued consultation through a follow-up mentorship during the school year
The following are some sample workshop offerings. We will update this page as we select and develop the workshops for Summer 2018:
Sessions with Seattle Children's Theatre brings stories and other books alive using the creative techniques of Story Drama. In addition, SCT presents workshops from our Master BTiC Teaching Artists:
Rachel Atkins has developed and leads workshops including Tableaux, Race & Social Justice, Social & Emotional Learning, and Developing Awareness, Empathy, & Respect.
Annie Lareau has developed and leads workshops including Adapting & Directing, Playwriting, and Improvisation Techniques.
Kelly Kitchens has developed and leads workshops for teachers including Coaching Student Presentations and Theatrical Interpretations of Texts, and Connecting to Character
Book-It Repertory Theatre's workshops teach methods to make literature fun, physical, and active for students. Teachers learn how to take literature from page to stage using the Book-It Style, which encourages an active relationship with a book through voice, body, and imagination.
Pacific Northwest Ballet workshops focus on creative movement, student-led choreography, and arts integration. Lessons invite teachers to imagine possibilities while giving concrete tools for teaching dance in the classroom. Creativity and collaboration are at the heart of each session, exploring new ways to imagine curriculum using movement.
In addition to the week-long summer intensive, it is usually possible to sign up for a follow-up consultation during the school year. In that case, a member of the BTiC faculty will travel to your school and work as collaborator, coach, or co-teacher as you integrate lessons learned during the summer workshop into practical lesson plans in your classroom.
The follow-up may include some or all of these components:
- Planning and classroom observations: Meetings between teacher and BTiC faculty teaching artist (TA) to identify goals, lesson plans, and dates; TA classroom observation prior to beginning to get a sense for the classroom culture, management, space, and teaching style
- Contact hours: Time the TA is working in the classroom with the teacher and students. This can include co-teaching, modeling, coaching, and/or observation with feedback
- Assessment: Reflection on student learning and teacher practice, focused on formative assessment using checklists aligned to lesson plan learning objectives
- Debrief: Final meeting between teacher and TA to assess overall experience and plan for future integration opportunities.
Over the past 10 years, we have provided over 200 consultations for teachers across the state. The consultation component has been beneficial in helping BTiC participants provide quality arts-infused education in their classroom. There is no additional charge for follow-up consultation.