Too much Sobha?

Too much Sobha?

Tonight we finished day 4 of the TIE Project class. We are devising a piece of theatre called English Education, Why?  Learning English is a controversial topic in South Korea. Many look at it as a skill that impacts, jobs, status and many look at it as interference with other education.  The TIE Project class was able to put 4 devised scenes together based on interviews the graduate candidates conducted with students, other teachers and community members in only 2 hours! I was excited because these are not drama students, but they took the leap and the piece is really shaping up! 

But my morning started in the Creative Drama class. We broke apart drama strategies and talked about how it can enhance a students experience and the importance of arts integration. These pre-service and in-service teachers jumped right in, asked great questions and were very thoughtful and reflected well. 

On Saturday, along with my colleague – There was a Drama and English Education one-day conference. My colleague used Creative Drama and focused on early childhood and lower elementary school activities and I focused on using Devising Theatre technique and working with middle and high school students.  We had about 50 participants and it was a huge success! 

Saturday evening my friend and I went to relax and get a much needed Korean massage.

On Sunday I was fortunate to go to her school MilkEnglish, which I learned that the “K” in Milk was a direct result of representing the work I had done with her when she was in the US (K for Kavanakudiyil). How fun! I worked with children ages 4-13 in 2 different sessions using the Educational Arts Team’s Pop Up Puppet Theatre and Reader’s Theatre combined with devising theatre techniques.  Many students from the Creative Drama class came to assist.  I wondered, was it too much Sobha?

I also had some delicious meals in here and went to Lotte World, a large tower and mall area with beautiful art and architecture. This place is huge and the technology was amazing not to mention the view from 123 flights up! 

This morning we had a meeting with the Korean Fulbright office and it was great fun taking the subway to get there! The subway is so clean and organized – the MTA could learn a little from them!

Anyway, looking forward to the week ahead.

The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.
-President Barack Obama
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