Teachers Training Course: Folk Arts for the Classroom
August 2 - 9, 2014
Held during Family Week at Ogontz.
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Kari Smith has been teaching adults and children various forms of seasonal display dance for more than 25 years. She is the foreman of Guiding Star Clog Morris, and a founding member of The New Dancing Marleys. She teaches educators to integrate the arts across the curriculum. She loves to sing and dance, and to get others singing and dancing!
The course is led by Kari Smith, adjunct faculty member in the education department at Antioch University New England.
This is a chance for teachers to attend a week-long folk camp for people of all ages. You will observe and participate while master folklorists teach groups of children traditional dances, songs, crafts, stories and rituals. You will participate in these folk traditions at an adult level yourself and "collect" by audio-recording, interviewing, note taking and experiencing traditional activities. We will meet daily in a Teacher Seminar led by Kari Smith to reflect on your observations and experiences and to share newly-collected activities.
-- Kari Smith, Program Director
Please check the description of Family Week at Ogontz for details on the rich and varied program and staff.
Morning by Age Classes (9:00 and 10:00)
The children are divided into classes by age. Course participants will join the class teachers and students to work with traditional material.
Early afternoon classes (1:30)These are mixed-age classes
Pick the topic of your interest!
Teachers Seminar -- Kari Smith (3:50)
This will be our daily chance to discuss what we have observed and to try some of the material ourselves.
Master's Course Credit
Matriculated students at Antioch University New England can receive Supervised Independent Study credit for this course (with a choice of earning 1 or 2 credits). One Graduate credit is also available to others through Antioch University New England. Master's degree level courses require a baccalaureate degree for admission. See details below for how to register for graduate credit.
Course requirements are described in the syllabus and are as follows please note the syllabus describes additional requirements for those students taking the course for credit:
- Participation in at least three Ogontz Camp Family Week class sessions each day
- Participation in the teacher seminar each day, including sharing of materials and reflection on the process of collecting
- Demonstration of learning by sharing at least one newly learned activity with the camp group or the seminar group
- Development of a "collection" either in a journal, on a CD, audio tape or other format to be submitted to instructor at the week's end
This course is limited to eight to ensure ample opportunity for active participation. If it is oversubscribed on March 17, there will be a lottery, in which case preference will be given to Antioch University New England graduate students. All who participate fully will be awarded a certificate for professional development (40 credit hours) at the end of the course.
To register for the Course, use the CDSS Registration process. Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend Family Week at Ogontz if you do not get into this course. Scholarships are available.
To earn masters degree level graduate credit, in addition to applying to CDSS:
- Current Antioch students: Register through your degree program for a Supervised Independent Study for 1 or 2 credits. Once you are registered, contact the Education Department and/or Kari Smith, Director of the Teacher Course, to complete an Independent Study contract. Kari Smith can be reached at email@example.com.
- Applicants not currently enrolled at Antioch: Register for 1 credit through the Antioch Center for School Renewal at a cost of $x. Once you are registered, contact the Education Department and/or Kari Smith, Director of the Teacher Course, to complete an Independent Study contract. Kari Smith can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Here are links to further details:
The Program: one page Program Description
- Daily Schedule
- Class Descriptions
- Class Questionnaire: Please give us an idea of the classes you will take. Also available online.
Getting Ready: Details for being at camp.
Getting to Camp: Driving Directions
|9:00-9:55||Teacher Training Course observe and participate in Kids' classes
9:00 Kids' Classes
Age 3-5 Songs, Movement, Rhythms and Projects: DeLaura Padovan -- Playtime with DeLaura will keep our youngest campers busy and happy.
Age 6-7 Silly Songs, Silly Games, Silly Dances: Lily Kruskal Leahy -- Lily brings the silly to these lucky campers. Come prepared to laugh, dance, sing and act.
Age 8-9 Cranky Box Theater: Bettie Zakon-Anderson, Cathy Jo Janssen -- Bettie and Cathy Jo will help you bring your own stories to life and capture them in your own cranky box theater.
Age 10-12 Appalachian Clogging: Emolyn Liden / Trae McMaken -- Emolyn will show you the basic moves to get your feet keeping the beat. You’ll be clogging and free-styling with the band before you know it.
|10:15-11:10||Teacher Training Course observe and participate in Kids' classes
10:15 Kids' classes
Age 3-5 Creeping Creatures for Young Tellers: Cathy Jo Janssen -- Little storytellers will enjoy narrative play-learning, exploring traditional folk and fairy tales through rhythm and rhyme. At the end of the week, these tiny tellers will return home with their own finger puppet characters.
Age 6-7 Moving and Grooving: DeLaura Padovan -- We’ll be moving and grooving, dancing and singing and having a wonderful, playful time together.
Age 8-9 Longsword: Lily Kruskal Leahy / Tom Kruskal -- Lily will teach the Longsword class, a folk tradition from the north of England, while her dad, Tom, plays for the dancing. You will learn a “calling on song” that welcomes the dancers to the stage and play some fun group games to help everyone get to know each other and as an excuse to be silly.
Age 10-12 Continental Drift: Country Dancing from England to America: Brad Foster / Karen Axelrod -- We'll do a wide range of classic, modern and traditional English country dances plus contras, squares and mixers. Some of these will be repeated in the evening dance.
|11:20-12:10||Morning Gathering: songs, dances, show & tell|
|12:30-1:00||Buffet Lunch Served|
1:30 Mixed-age Classes
(All ages) Napping, walking, relaxing or...
(8 & younger w/parent) Favorite Storybooks: Zara Bode -- Bring your favorite storybooks from home and Zara will share some of her favorites too. This will be a quiet and relaxing hour for families with younger campers - not quite a nap, but a chance to refresh, recharge and snuggle your little ones while Zara reads.
(All ages, under 8 w/parent) Community Art: Emolyn Liden, Karen Axelrod -- Ever wanted to learn to knit? Emolyn happens to be a professional knitter and teacher! She will get new knitters started, with fingers or needles, and help experienced knitters with questions and design. Bring your unfinished or dreamed of projects from home. Bring your needles and yarn. Emolyn and Karen will have a few other fiber-related projects to add to the week as well. A bit of a fiber potpourri.
(8 & up, younger if passionate w/parent) Family Band: Steve Hickman -- Steve will get us ready to play for the Community Dance each night. All abilities and instruments welcome! Get ready - you have a gig Sunday night.
(10 & up, younger w/parent) Ukulele Orchestra: Max Newman -- Not ones to be put off by a fear of making mistakes, the Ukulele Orchestra will put forth a collaborative effort to arrange a number or two in the most fun and goofy way possible, led by the shining principle that you don't need to know much about playing the ukulele to have a blast with it. NOTE: We will have extra ukuleles, but anyone who can bring (or lend) a ukulele to class will be applauded heartily.
(10 & up) Morris Dance: Tom Kruskal -- Join the Family Week at Ogontz Morris Team (FWOMT - also the official sound sticks make when clashing). A great opportunity to learn from teacher extraordinaire Tom.
|2:35-4:35||2-Hour Swim Block All ages, 9 & under/parent|
2:35 Mixed-age Classes
(All ages, 9 & under/parent) Swimming --
(13-19) Teen Class Potpourri: Karen Axelrod, Bettie Zakon-Anderson -- A little dance, rhythm and song, some creative artistry, some improv games and more! If you play an instrument, bring it.
(10-12, 20 & up) Country Singing: Zara Bode, Stefan Amidon -- A chance to kick-back on the Boat House deck and sing! Zara and Stefan will introduce us to the genre known for simple, but beautiful harmonies and heartfelt solo moments.
|3:50-4:45||Teacher Training Course|
Stories at the Green Chairs: Trae McMaken, Cathy Jo Janssen
These two great storytellers will take us on a daily journey from the woods of Michigan to the hills of Appalachia with some re-imagined folk tales woven in for good measure. A wonderful way to close out each day together at the Green Chairs.
|8:15||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger|
|8:30-10:45||Evening Dance Party|
|9:30||Bedtime for 10-12 year olds|