“The animated Lesson Plan Diagrams are one of the most helpful tools I’ve ever seen. I just click play on the diagram and Bam! I get it right away.”
These are the heart of the Act2Learn system. Every lesson plan is focused on delivering a rich and varied experience that can easily be followed as is or customized to suit the individual tastes and needs of each class. Covering a wide range of topics in every area of study, the Act2Learn Lesson Plans will quickly become your most effective teaching tool, because the kids like it, and it works.
These 5-10 minute plays take models from a number of related lesson plans and put them together with a a story. Each mini-play is designed to be presented by a whole class. This is a fantastic way to review a unit and present the material as a performance.
With the FLEX program Calgary and Edmonton area schools will have the ability to book Trickster Theatre in blocks of 5 days throughout the school year. With the FLEX program these days can then be used to bring in artists to help run the models in the classroom or to help run mini-plays that include multiple models in a small performance. If you are interested in the FLEX program you can get more information below.
A PD Day is a great way to introduce the Act2Learn methods and Lesson Plans to teachers. If you choose to integrate a Pd day with the Residency program, it makes a good follow-up process, allowing the teacher to see how “acting out” the curriculum can help in teaching the subject, reviewing it, and presenting it as a play at a Celebration of Learning, assembly or concert.
Typically, a PD day involves leading the teachers through a number of Act2Learn lesson plans, as well as looking at the ways in which the creative writing process can be enhanced by physical brainstorming methods.
In a full day PD session we would take the morning to go over sample science lesson plans from each grade level. These might look at colour, water, sound, rocks and minerals, light and shadow, electricity, properties of air and phases of the moon.
The afternoon session would look at the creative writing process and how physical brainstorming, and storyboards can be used to get students farther down the path of creative writing. The process demonstrated here is the same one that we use to create a show in a week – it just stops after the initial creation stage rather than progessing through to rehearsals.
It would be wonderful for all teachers to be introduced to Act2Learn. This was an experience that our students will remember for the rest of their lives.”
Not sure how to get started? We have developed a Residency Program which brings a group of trained professionals right into your school to show you how to do it. Residencies last from one to five days and incorporate as many as 600 staff and students. This is an amazing experience uniting teachers, students and parents at once in a wonderful educational opportunity! And you know what? The kids have so much fun, they don’t even notice that they’re learning.