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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's podcast I discuss drama and theatre in education with Madeline Michel, a teacher in Monticello High School in Charlottesville Virginia. Madeline was the 2019 winner of the Tony award for excellence in theatre education. Among the topics we discuss in the course of the podcast are the following:

  • How she approaches theatre education
  • How a sports –competitive – paradigm is mistakenly applied to the arts
  • Theatre in education versus drama in education
  • How she tried to make her class more diverse
  • Teaching multiple grades in her classes
  • Letting students know that their stories and their talents are important
  • Her credo: art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable
  • How she became interested in theatre in education
  • What she reads
  • How education is a microcosm of the wider world
  • Stimulating teenagers to write plays
  • The first day in her drama class and building community
  • Collaborating with other teachers
  • Staging a school production
  • The importance of dance and movement in a production
  • The shortcomings of drama on Zoom
  • What students learn through drama
  • Assessing drama
  • Winning the Tony Award for Theatre in Education
  • She recommends the Nice White Parents podcast: (about school segregation in New York City)

Thanks to John Heffernan who suggested Madeline as a guest for the podcast.

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On this week's programme Ciarán Gray from North Bay Educate Together National School and Company B talks about his own interest in dance and shares some of his thoughts on primary teaching.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme primary school teacher Ciarán Gray talks about dance education and about Company B, the dance company he set up for young males. Ciarán teaches in North Bay Educate Together National School.

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My guest on this week's programme is Laureate na nÓg, PJ Lynch, who is also an award-winning illustrator and author. I spoke to him on the occasion of his giving the keynote address at the 41st Annual Conference of the Literacy Association of Ireland, which held its conference in Marino Institute of Education on October 5 and 6 this year.

During the interview Pj Lynch referred to many children's illustrators and authors, including:Louise O'Neill, Derek Landy, Eoin Colfer, E.R. Murray, Matt Griffin, Nicola Pierce, Mo Willems, Lisbeth Zwerger, Sandy Turner, Oliver Jeffers, Chris Haughton, Niamh Sharkey and Marie Louise Fitzpatrick. He also mentioned the book, Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn.

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On this week's programme I continue my interview with Dr. Michael Flannery from the Marino Institute of Education about the teaching of visual arts. We spoke to mark the launch of the new Master's in Education Studies course in the Visual Arts offered by the Institute.

Among the topics we covered in this part of the interview were the following:

  • The kind of art he likes
  • Do you have to be good at the visual arts to teach it well?
  • The role of specialists in visual arts education
  • Incorporating imagination, integration and innovation into a teacher education course
  • Bringing children to work on visual arts using the college facilities
  • The new Master’s course in visual arts offered by Marino Institute of Education
  • The benefits of slowing down

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I speak to Dr. Michael Flannery from the Marino Institute of Education about the teaching of visual arts. We spoke to mark the launch of the new Master's in Education Studies course in the Visual Arts offered by the Institute.

Among the topics we covered in this part of the interview were the following:

  • How he became interested in the visual arts
  • Benefits for children in learning visual arts
  • Stages in producing visual art
  • Starting points for visual art lessons
  • Introducing children to genres or kinds of art that are often neglected
  • Stages of development in learning art
  • Using art to mark significant events in the school year
  • Assessment in the visual arts

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On this week's programme cartoonist and retired art teacher, John Brennan, talks about making the transition from primary teaching to teaching art at post-primary level. He taught art for several years in Ard Scoil La Salle in Raheny.

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Presented and produced by Seán Delaney.

On this week's programme I speak to a retired secondary school art teacher who initially trained as a primary teacher in the early 1960's. John Brennan talks about his own education and his time as a teacher. He is a cartoonist and has created thousands of cartoons for newspapers and magazines.

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On this week's programme I speak to Maynooth University Emeritus Professor John Coolahan about the inaugural Arts in Education Portal National Day. The portal was one of the outcomes of the Arts in Education Charter. Professor Coolahan chairs the Charter implementation group.

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On this programme retired primary teacher and philosopher, John Doyle, shares his experiences and reflections on teaching poetry to children in primary school. Among the poets he mentions are Christina Rossetti, William Butler Yeats and Robert Frost.

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