Teaching Philosophy


creativity. community. expression. empathy.
 

My classroom is a creative, supportive, and reflective learning community where students’ cultures and strengths are honored as they use their bodies, voices, and imaginations to express their own experiences and to convey and empathize with other worlds, theatre forms and characters. 

 
 

Selected Lesson and Unit Plans

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Journey To the rainforest
 

Age: Elementary (1st-3rd Grade)

In this integrated unit inspired by the picture book, The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry, students apply learned physical and vocal skills to create animal characters, respond within imaginary circumstances to objects, settings and conditions, and identify and explain how human destruction of trees in the Amazon affects a community of animals that live in the trees. This unit utilizes music and digital projections. 

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The Arrival: Visual Communication & Empathy

Age: Elementary (3rd-5th Grade)

In this lesson, students collaborate to create non-verbal tableaux depicting a statue created by a hypothetical community in order to communicate their attitudes towards immigrants. This lesson uses images from Shaun Tan's graphic novel, The Arrival, music, guided imagery, and reflection to encourage students to empathize with the immigrant experience, all while developing their ability to use their bodies to communicate meaning. 

Shakespeare Detectives: Analyzing & Performing Monologues from The Tempest

Age: Secondary (8th-12th Grade)

In this Physical Theatre and Shakespeare unit, students identify script elements such as punctuation, rhythm, imagery in short monologues from The Tempest, and to use their analysis to inform their performance. Students also strengthen their ability to use physicality in a variety of ways to communicate clear choices of character, emotion, intention and status. Finally, students articulate connections between issues in The Tempest and experiences in their own lives.