Workshops for One*
Based on the Teaching Practice portion of The Performance School Teacher Education Program, these personalized one-on-one sessions with David and Catherine are your opportunity to benefit from their decades of experience teaching and training teachers, and gain deeper insights into your own teaching.
For more information, or to schedule an individual session contact us.
*Or for two or three. Groups are great!
Doing What Alexander Did
Alexander famously said that you could do what he does if you did what he did. This course uses the first chapter of The Use of the Self, “Evolution of a Technique,” to answer the question, “What did he do?”
By using that chapter to examine the experiments that Alexander set for himself, see where he failed and why, and how he finally found success, we will deepen our own understanding of the concepts and principles of the Technique and how we teach them. Because a teacher’s understanding of the principles of what they teach is embodied in the way they teach, we will also have an opportunity to examine how our understanding of these concepts and principles may differ from Alexander’s, how we teach them differently from how Alexander did, and why we made those choices.
The more aware and thoughtful our understanding is the more flexible and powerful our teaching becomes.
How to Teach
Online — Successfully
Discussions and questions about the Alexander Technique are often centered on: “What did Alexander teach?” A better question is “What did Alexander learn?”
Many of us were forced to work remotely last year, which means that we cannot do what many of us think is essential to teaching—use our hands. This presents challenges on two distinct levels: 1) how do we teach pupils; 2) and how do we train people to teach.
In addition, what does meeting these challenges reveal about the true essence and power of our work?
A surprising key to working remotely is to give particular attention to what you would do with your hands and why, when you can’t. This workshop will explore how to use that key in practical situations. We will also offer tips on how to structure your online teaching “space.”
Lights! Camera! Action! How to Enhance Your Online Teaching
With Catherine Kettrick, Ph.D
If you teach online, either full or part time, this workshop is for you.
We all know how to teach; we all have a teaching space that is comfortable for our pupils and for us. What do we do about creating the same kind of space when teaching online?
My experience working in theater and film gives me tools that most teachers may not know about. This workshop will give you tools to enhance your teaching—on or off line.
The workshop has three parts:
Part One: Production Values. Explore how sets, costumes, lighting, props, sound and makeup can improve your ability to teach well, and your pupils’ ability to learn.
Part Two: Blocking. How you look on screen, and how your pupils present themselves on screen, can subtly but significantly affect how pupils understand you, and how easily you are able to observe what they are doing. Also: headshots.
Part Three: Putting it all into practice. With the time remaining, anyone who wants to use some of these ideas to teach a brief lesson, may do so.