Special activities (Tokkatsu) are ‘made in Japan’, and they are educational activities Japan can boast of to the world. They are, however, often treated lightly. A study of the history of Tokkatsu will reveal its deep connection with drama education. After experiencing the significance and challenges of Tokkatsu, participants will have a chance to jointly create a nice programme of Tokkatsu!! The facilitator hopes that participants can gain useful insights into practicing lessons of Tokkatsu, as instructions based on the new courses of study have been in effect at elementary schools and middle schools since the beginning of this academic year.
The 11th SAOL Summer Seminar was held on August 7, (Sun), deepening our path to active learning.
We are thankful to a number of educators who attended the seminar.
◆ There was a participation of a total of 75 people, including those who participated from abroad. As the current feature, a lot of teachers in active service from elementary schools to high schools joined. It was the first time for many of them to join our SAOL seminar.
◆ The morning program began with a warm-up activity, moving on to a plenary session. Following the keynote proposals on active learning, two of the reporters introduced the practices and knowledge titled “My activities leverage surgery”.
◆ Following the session, workshops were held. Each workshop had two facilitators and each one had a completely different theme and involved the participants by using a different approach. Young participants to veteran participants, with excitement and an unrestrained manner, enjoyed the world of learning.
◆ At the end of the day, a tea party was held. All the participants enjoyed various activities such as “business card exchange game”, “walk & gather” and “Let’s share the ideas.” Even after the time was up, it was impressive to see a number of groups still working.
The 10th annual spring seminar was held on Saturday, 26th March. We are thankful to a number of educators who attended the seminar in spite of their busy schedule at the end of a school year.
The theme this time was ‘Active learning and educational presentations’. The seminar provided an opportunity to publicise a compilation of the SAOL’s endeavor in educational presentation over the last four years, making reference to our newest book ‘Educational presentations — Their purposes, techniques, and practice’ which was published by Junposha in November of last year.
In the keynote, our president Watanabe Jun reported how educational presentation is inseparable from active learning. In the special practice report that followed, Mishima Koji (Dramacation Spread Centre) talked about his effort and achievements as a facilitator at schools with intensive support from the Tokyo metropolitan government. In the symposium at the end of the morning session, Kosuge Nozomi (Shibukawa city primary school), Hayakawa Norio (Nakamura High School), & Watanabe Takahiro (Tokyo Gakugei University) spoke each of their exploration around the significance of incorporating presentation activities in their classrooms towards the goal of active learning.
The afternoon session took the form of a workshop, where participants were divided into three groups and experience making a presentation on the issue of ‘lowering the voting age to 18’. A number of participants commented on the workshop, saying they found it important that teachers themselves be engaged in activities like the ones introduced that day because their presentations were the fruit of discussion with other participants.
Our annual spring seminar was held on 26 March. The seminar marked the end of our third term. The title was ‘Enjoy communication and educational presentations through the whole body’. It was a lively event with sixty-one participants.
The seminar was opened with a warm-up activity by Ms Fujita Mariko (Hokkaido Murrain Otani High School).
In the keynote proposal by President Watanabe Jun (Nihon University) entitled ‘Towards developing a network of expressive activities’, a range of activities of the SAOL were introduced as well as the significance of our collaboration with outer circles like the Dramacation Spread Center. A symposium entitled ‘How do we learn and what do we express?’ followed, on the basis of the keynote. Ms Takeda Fumiko (Ritsumeikan University) chaired the symposium, with speakers from the SAOL (Mr Miyazaki Michiharu, Toho Elementary School and Ms Morozumi Keiko, Saitama Prefectural Tokorozawa Kita High School) and from Dramacation Spread Center (President Mr Mishima Koji and Director Mr Oda Ryosei), who exchanged ideas on their roles in society. After that, Mr Matsumoto Dokan, a lecturer of Dramacation, joined in to give an introductory workshop to Dramacation in three groups. The series of ‘active menus’ such as the ‘janken train’, the participants became intimate with each other although they met each other on the day. The morning sessions ended with an announcement of small groups in which they would experience our workshop in the afternoon.
The workshop by the SAOL ‘Presentation festival for adults’ was offered in the afternoon. Mr Wada Toshihiko (Atomi High School), Ms Sugiyama Masuyo (Waseda University), and Mr Fujimaki Akira (Meguro Gakuin Jr & Sr High School) were the facilitators for Group A. Group B was facilitated by Mr Hayakawa Norio (Nakamura Jr & Sr High School), Ms Misumi Yuko (Tokushima University), and Mr Miyazaki Michiharu (Toho Elementary School). Mr Hayashi Hisahiro (Seikei Elementary School), Ms Morozuki Keiko (Saitama Prefectural Tokorozawa Kita High School) facilitated the workshop for Group C. The theme, given on the spot, was ‘What is the problem in our society now? — Its trend and solution’. The participants were asked to answer the question in the form of a five-minute news show in groups of about five. They had no more than one hour and a half for preparation. After a brief guidance, the participants introduced themselves to their group and told each other what they knew about the theme. Different groups took different approaches to this challenge — some used sticky tags while some others used mind maps. Once they settled on their point of view — ‘hate speeches’, ‘Harmful rumours’, ’Lack of communication skills’, ’TPP and issues concerning succession’, and ‘nuclear power plants’, for example — they quickly moved on to discussion on their message and how best to present it. The rooms were filled with a lively atmosphere with each group taking different approaches. Some stood up from their seats and started thinking while moving, while others took time to have in-depth discussion. Each group gave their presentation in Groups A through C, after which a series of reflection followed. They had a chance to reflect on their presentation individually, in their presentation groups, in Groups A through C, and finally as the whole group of sixty participants. It was expected that these multi layers enable them to gain insights into the educational significance hidden in this pleasant time.
Last but not the least, a get-together party concluded the day with Ms Fujita Mariko (Hokkaido Muroran Omani High School) and Mr Tagaya Shozo (Tachikawa City) as the hosts, offering a place for mutual interaction by the participants. With comments like ‘I wish the SAOL gave more chances like this spring seminar,’ the day was also meaningful for the members of the SAOL.
Enjoy communication and educational presentations through the whole body
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Announcing the 8th annual seminar of the SAOL, whose aim is to foster autonomous learners (= autonomous citizens)! The seminar will be our first joint venture with ‘Dramacation Spread Center’, an NPO which develops numerous active menus for workshops at schools, public facilities, and the private sector across the nation.
The keynote will touch upon how this collaboration came to be, proposing the meaning of cooperation between groups of expressive education. In the mini-symposium, members of the Dramacation Center and the SAOL will explore possible areas of future collaboration by explaining their goals, state of activity development, and recent activities.
The morning workshop will be an opportunity where activity facilitation is explored. Participants can experience programs of human relationship development so that they can offer similar programmes themselves at the beginning of the new school year in April. In the afternoon workshop, participants will discuss ways of instruction using educational presentations on the basis of ‘News shows’, an activity developed by the SAOL.
The day will be one for mutual learning about the ideals and instructional methods of the acquisition-oriented learning where the three modes of expression — ‘the language, object, and body’ — are dynamically employed. We await your participation.
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||Opening ceremony & warming-up
Keynote ‘Towards developing a network of expressive activities’
Watanabe Jun (Professor, Nihon University)
Mini-symposium ‘How do we learn and what do we express?’
Miyazaki Michiharu (Teacher, Toho Elementary School)
Morozumi Keiko (Saitama Prefectural Tokorozawa-kita High School)
Oda Ryosei (Director, Dramacation Spread Center)
Chair: Takeda Fumiko (Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan University)
Workshop ‘Introduction to dramacation’
Mishima Koji (President, Dramacation Spread Center)
Matsumoto Dokan (Actor)
||Lunch (Bring your own)
Workshop (Presentation festival for adults)
Hayakawa Norio (Teacher, Nakamura High School), Sugiyama Masuyo (Lecturer, Waseda University)
Wada Toshihiko (Atomi High School), Misumi Tomoko (Professor, Tokushima University)
Hayashi Hisahiro (Teacher, Seikei Elementary School), Komatsu Ritsuko (Teacher, Akita Meitokukan High School), etc.
Chair: Yoshida Mariko (Professor, Tsuda College)
||Party (Optional. An Additional fee of Y3,000.)
|Time & date:
||Thursday, 26 March, 2015
||The 100th Anniversary Hall, College of Humanities and Science, Nihon University
(An 8-minute walk from Keio Line Shimotakaido Station)
||Y3,000- (Pay at the door.)
||60 (First come, first served. Dress casually)
||The SAOL (President Watanabe Jun)
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Our annual spring seminar was held on 27 March. The title was ‘New horizons of educational presentations’. It was joined by more than 50 participants including those from the domain of education.
The day started with a warm-up activity (Tagaya Shozo, Cooperator of Tachikawa City Guidance on Lifelong Learning), followed by a mini-symposium ‘Incorporating dramatic approach in presentations’ (Hayashi Hisahiro, Seikei Elementary School; Aoki Sachiko, Showa Women’s University; Sekine Mari, Keimei Gakuen) and a practice report on ‘Presentation festival for high School students’ (Tsujimoto Kyoko, Studio for Cultural Exchange; Yoshida Mariko, Tsuda College). A workshop ‘Presentation festa for adults’ was given in the afternoon.
The workshop was an adult version of ‘Presentation festival for high school students’ held in last autumn. A presentation festival is an event where participants, in small groups, prepare a five-minute, dramatic presentation each in two hours’ time. The themes this time were ‘communication gaps’ and ‘generation gaps’. This workshop was different from our previous ones in that we asked the participants to reflect on the programme and facilitation offered by the SAOL, assuming that they had been the facilitators themselves. For more information, refer to the blog by President Watanabe Jun (in Japanese only).