Section title: School Programs; Page title: Curriculum; URL title: curriculum

Barrel of Monkeys’ approach to arts education is a unique hybrid of creative writing and drama. With a team of Monkeys cheering them on each week, students become motivated and excited about writing. Furthermore, they are given the opportunity to see their written works transformed by professional adults, and thus learn that their words are powerful and worthwhile.

BOM’s in-school residency program consists of six 90-minute sessions in each classroom served (usually 1-4 classrooms per school). A unique feature of the program is the presence of multiple teaching artists (5) in the classroom; this allows for immediate react ion and response to students at a greater degree than is possible with only one teacher. Each session allows time for improvisation, group story writing, performance, and individual story writing time, giving students the opportunity both to build community within the classroom and become accustomed to working as a group and independently through a repetitive process.

After each 6-week program, each student has written 6 new stories, a selection of which actors and musicians transform for the stage. BOM returns to the school to present an original performance drawn entirely from the student-written material. Following the performance, students’ notebooks are returned, including comments from teaching artists on every story they have written, and prompts for additional stories to encourage continued writing. Many students continue to write in their journals after the program ends, and BOM teaching artists have had students from prior years approach them to share their new ideas for stories.

The collaboration between child-author and adult-performer creates a performance that is told from a child’s perspective but with the respect and training of a professional performer. The school performances are an opportunity for the child-authors to see their work performed in front of an audience of their peers, an experience that is profoundly moving and empowering for the students.

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From the Blog: School Programs

Haines Elementary School Show

Posted by Dan R on April 10

With all the firsts (and a few seconds) in this show, it’s time to get excited. It’s the first school show for BOM Teacher, Ashley Bland. She’s been teaching with us for a while now, but this is her first… more »

Dewey

Posted by Bradford on March 20

Rehearsal for the Dewey show kicked off this week, and man oh man is it going to be a fun show. With a small, yet powerful cast, and director Marika Mashburn at the helm; many a laughs have been had… more »

That’s Poe Raven!

Posted by Emjoy on March 18

Once upon a Monday early, while we traveled, we thought surely The students of Poe wrote such awesome characters to explore While we pondered their inspiration for their stories’ exclamation As of someone’s jubilation, bubbling out a mental drawer “They’re… more »

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