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Tue 17 Dec 20
Category: General
Posted by: kate

We did it! And it's all down to your support and voting power. A huge thank you to everyone who voted for the Generations for Peace Project.

Tue 17 Dec 20
Category: General
Posted by: kate

Join me this spring to explore how dramatic play can assist children in maths.

Thu 21 Nov 20
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Launching on World Book Day - 6th March 2014, READ LK gets bigger and better as we become READ DL.

Fri 15 Nov 20
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The Generations for Peace Project, where I had the pleasure of working with children, teachers, parents, grandparents and great-grandparents in twenty-four schools across Northern Ireland, has been nominated for the European Map of Intergenerational Learning Award.

Wed 23 Jan 20
Category: General
Posted by: kate

I have had the absolute pleasure of donating the beautiful story-art exhibition i am i to the staff and patients of Letterkenny’s Children’s Ward.

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About Me

I have been working in Educational Drama since Drama was introduced as a new subject on the Irish Primary School Curriculum in 2007. I have had the pleasure of working in many, many primary schools across County Donegal engaging primarily as an artist-in-residence on my Drama in the Classroom Programme. I also provide in-service teacher training courses, having delivered training on behalf of the Department of Education, Donegal Educational Committee and the Health Service Executive.

I am also privileged to work in the Early Years Childcare Sector with children aged two – five, their families and educators on programmes such as my work on Big Steps Big School. I have provided practical training sessions nationwide with professionals across the Early Years Childcare Sector using techniques for dramatic play and story-making.

When not in the classroom, I facilitate community projects such as my intergenerational Story C.I.R.C.L.E series and family projects such as i am i and Easy Learning, Early Years.

I also direct children’s theatre productions. Having recently worked with casts of young people on stage adaptations of popular children’s stories including Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Laurence Yep’s Chinese folktale, The Magic Paintbrush and Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are.

Coupled with my creative work in drama and theatre, I manage projects for theatre venues. More recently, I have been working with An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny co-ordinating the Education and Outreach Programme for Little John Nee’s residency and the cross-border disability awareness programme for Impact Forum Theatre Group.

About Educational Drama

The educational drama approach is a process and play-based learning experience. Similar to children’s dramatic play that is observed from early childhood; educational drama is also essentially improvised in nature, whereby the children create the drama as they go along. Educational drama is not the same as performance drama where an audience is invited to watch actors performing lines that they have learned from a script.

Exploring fictional worlds with children
During dramatic play, children enter a fictional world where they can experiment and problem-solve. The fictional lens allows children to become risk-takers, experiencing the fictional consequences of their fictional actions. If the outcomes of their decisions aren’t the desired ones then the nature of the art form allows the children to rewind and try a different strategy.

Drama allows children to experience what it is like to walk in someone else’s shoes. The experienced emotions of a role played are felt first-hand by the child. Educational drama gives children a platform on which they can play out their hopes and fears, mimic, play as adults, show off and regress (to an earlier age or stage, for example) through a fictional context and therefore at a safe distance from the real world.

Children who take part in drama learn to work cooperatively and develop their social, linguistic, creative and cognitive skills, and to practice life skills and develop coping strategies.