We use "A Course of Action!" in our school, an awarded, holistic method developed by Ms Irene Zachariou. It was created out of the need to connect the classroom with real life and educate the whole child. It is based on three of the most innovative educational approaches: "Drama in Education", "Theatre in Education", and "Music in Education".
DRAMA IN EDUCATION
Ever since the time of the ancient Greek philosophers, man has identified a connection between perception and cognition. However, empirical epistemology gave way to "Rationalism" in the twentieth century. According to rationalist theory, the mind and body are not interdependent. They function separately. In education, this disembodiment has led to the cultivation of the brain with the exemption of physical participation, disconnection of mind and feelings, passive learning, rote memorization, examination-oriented education, absence of self-expression, failure to teach values and distancing from the real world.
Drama, on the other hand, is inherently embodied. It celebrates the notion of the mind and body as one and emphasizes whole-person learning. It is instrumental in providing an environment where students can activate all their senses and imagination, communicate with meaning, express their ideas, and be creative, confident, and fluent speakers. In a drama event, they learn universal truths and values that modify them. They gain confidence as they find themselves coping with life problems before dealing with them in adulthood. It succeeds in being a social activity that fosters cooperative and collaborative learning and a pedagogical approach that treats children as adults endowing them with responsibility. It is open, creative and fun, promoting the learners' mental and emotional development. An, indeed, unique way of learning!
MORE EDUCATIONAL TOOLS
Ted-Ed Student Talks
By mastering the art of presenting to the public at school age, our students grow up into adults who have learned to combat what is scientifically proven to be man's greatest fear: Public speaking.
The Tomatis method
The voice contains only what the ear hears.
– Professor Alfred, Tomatis
If you are a child or an adult facing foreign language learning problems or wish to learn a foreign language in half the time conventional methods offer, we have the answer. It's called The Tomatis® Method, and it works miracles!
The goal of the Tomatis® Method is to give anyone wishing to learn a foreign language the possibility of genuinely appropriating its rhythms and sounds by allowing the ear to adapt effectively to this foreign music so that it can analyze and reproduce it. This requires that students free themselves from the usual rhythmic and sonorous habits of their native language, which often negatively influence learning a new language.
The Tomatis Method and Ted-Ed complement "A Course of Action!".