A year-long collaboration is underway with Perrin Boyd, a theater artist who utilizes her Masters of Arts in Teaching and her experience as a clown with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, to provide quality educational experiences to students at North Education Center.
The activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The students in Sandi Shetka’s class spent one week learning about poetry. Perrin led students through exercises of creating similes, metaphors, rhyming words, and adverbs, all kinesthetically….while having fun.
Boyd described the activities to us.
“Using movement creates a new pathway of learning. Perrin said. “Students who may not be able to name an adverb suddenly experience the word and can remember it.” Click here to Watch Perrin working with the students as they experience the kinesthetic learning.
The overall goal of the grant is to interweave theater arts with social-emotional learning, literature, and science. See the June 13 web story about phase one of the Arts grant to District 287 when students experienced “Emotional Expression and Connection through Clowning-Performance Art”.