The students at Hartford High Church of England were enjoying their second citizenship day just before they broke up for Easter. Staff had contacted me as a result of an email shot I sent early in 2017. They were holding a citizenship day and could I deliver my workshop to six classes.
Normally, I work with one group of up to 36 students but this time other staff delivered my materials. I did a session at the beginning and at the end. In retrospect I think these were too long: one hour each. They should have been no more than twenty minutes each. I wandered around form group to group.
I prepared lengthy notes for the teachers and this has given me the idea that I might actually sell the workshop as a package for teachers to deliver themselves. I’m offering the notes here as a free gift if you sign up for the newsletter. If you purchase a pack or book a workshop, you automatically go on the newsletter list. This means you get free updates and new free materials and special offers on workshops.
As always, whenever I’m in a classroom, I get new ideas. I’m now going to add discovery packs to the workshop. These will be packets of documents such as ration cards, pictures of the BDM uniform, newspaper reports etc. I’ll make twelve altogether so there is an element of choice, and make sure that there are six males and six females. Students will work in groups to present more information to the rest of their class about their character. I’m also going to prepare more guidance about the creative writing outputs.
When schools book a workshop they get:
· Letters to send out to parents about my book The House on Schellberg Street (I handle all sales and all monies)
· Board games (I take these home again afterwards – everything else they get to keep but the discovery packs I’ll also take home again)
· Speed-dating character exercise
· Letter-writing character exercise
· The final chapter of Clara’s Story and Questions and Answers
· Hanna Braun’s Letters and a form to fill in about what they discover.
· (Discovery packs will go here)
· Q & A for the final session and suggested creative outcomes.
· A memory stick with all of the materials on it.
· Updates on the project thereafter.
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I was impressed with how hard the students worked. They listened extremely well and worked hard in their sessions. A very rewarding day all told.
You can read more about the Schellberg Cycle here.