Well, I ended my Maternity Leave just before Ruthie’s 8-month birthday (which was yesterday!) and have already been all over the province, teaching and getting back into things.
Last week I spent four days with the grade 7s of Forest Glen PS. For the fourth year in a row I helped them connect with each other through character building (theatrical term) and character education (edu0-speak for getting along with each other). It was, as always, so lovely to work in that school and with the new crop of 7s. I look forward to returning to the school where I’ve opened up the drama room doors to all the grades. I’ll be working with their Ks, 8s and everyone in between in a week-long residency.
On the writing side, I’m working with a new collective who is putting together a play based on Marina Nemat‘s memoir, Prisoner of Tehran. This is going to be very interesting, this play, and I’d excited to be a part of it by writing their study guide materials.
Also part of the recent travels was a trip up to Sudbury to work with the teacher-candidates in Jan Buley’s Faculty of Education class at Laurentian University. Some of them are new to drama, some are old hams from way back…all had created monologues based on an image so we got to meet some of their characters through theatre games I brought them. They also snatched up the last of my Games Books, which is good, since there is a new one on the horizon…Let the planning begin!