Teachers Training Course: Folk Arts for the Classroom
August 1 - 8, 2015
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 30 years. She is the foreman of Guiding Star Clog Morris, and a founding member of The New Dancing Marleys. When she is not at camp, she teaches educators to integrate the arts across the curriculum in addition to her anti-bias educational work around gender-inclusion. 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.
The program starts with an opening meeting with Kari Smith at 5:00 pm on Saturday, August 1, the arrival day of camp. There are introductions and some program that evening and the classes start Sunday morning.
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 The Antioch Center for School Renewal. 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 16, 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. 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.
|9:00-9:55||Teacher Training Course observe and participate in Kids' classes
9:00 Kids' Classes
Age 2-3 Playtime: Fynn Crooks -- Fynn will keep our youngest campers busy and happy.
Age 4-5 The Fairies of Ogontz: Bettie Zakon-Anderson -- Fairies are known to live in the Ogontz fields and woods. Let's see if we can coax them out by building some lovely fairy houses. We'll hear some fairy tales and have some fun with fairy-type crafts, too.
Age 6-7 Singing, Dancing, Storytelling: Mary Alice Amidon -- Mary Alice will lead these lucky campers in some fun traditional songs and dances and tell them some great tales.
Age 8-9 Stories, Songs and Dances: Peter Amidon -- Peter will enthrall the 8-9s with his wonderful stories and have them singing and dancing each morning.
Age 10-12 Morris Dance: Lily Kruskal Leahy / Kevin Carr -- Get ready to tie on those bells and pick up those sticks! Cotswold Morris dancing is a traditional dance from England dating back to the 15th century usually danced in sets of 6. We will learn a few basic morris dances, using both hand clapping and sticks. We will also mix things up a bit and learn the Broom Dance, another English traditional dance. Each class session will also involve a few fun warm up games to help us get to know each other!
|10:15-11:10||Teacher Training Course observe and participate in Kids' classes
10:15 Kids' classes
Age 2-3 Playtime: Bettie Zakon-Anderson -- A playful, cozy time for our littlest campers.
Age 4-5 Ahoy, Pirates!: Fynn Crooks -- Pirates have landed at Ogontz! We'll sing sea shanties, make pirate hats, make boats and float them down the creek, tell pirate jokes, bury treasure and make maps, and run about camp doing un-dastardly pirate deeds!
Age 6-7 Fun-Time with John: John Krumm -- These lucky campers will have an amazing time singing songs, playing games, hearing stories and dancing squares!
Age 8-9 Longsword: Lily Kruskal Leahy / Mary Alice Amidon -- Lily will teach the Longsword class, a folk tradition from the north of England, while Mary Alice 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 Social Dance: Peter Amidon / Karen Axelrod -- We'll have some fun while getting ready for the evening dance learning a variety of classic, modern and traditional dances. Some great stories and improv fun will be mixed in for laughs!
|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) Singing Storybooks: Mary Alice Amidon -- A restful time with wonderful stories put to music by Mary Alice. A chance to snuggle and reconnect with your family after a busy morning.
(All ages, under 7 w/parent) Community Art: Daron Douglas -- Professional weaver Daron will teach us finger weaving! Sashes, headbands, bracelets, suspenders, parade garlands, camel harness. Our fingers are the loom. Projects from simple over-under to Peruvian wave braiding. Come try your hands at it!
(8 & up, younger if passionate w/parent) Family Band: John Krumm -- John 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 -- Still 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 relaxed 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) Adult Longsword Dance: Lily Kruskal Leahy / Karen Axelrod -- Have you ever watched with amazement as the 8 and 9 year olds perform their longsword dance and wonder how DO they make that star at the end? Or maybe you've never seen longsword dancing ever before and are simply curious what it means to dance with swords? Well this is the class for you!! Lily will teach Orion Longsword's dance, Salton, an upbeat and fast paced dance that is sure to get the blood pumping! This class is open to beginners and experienced dancers alike. Don't forget your sneakers!
|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: Ellie Grace, Max Newman -- A bubbling laboratory for creative collaborations and exciting explorations -- featuring both the familiar and the as-yet unknown. Ambling amusements will also be tolerated. If you have games/songs/talents/instruments/contraptions, or other initial ingredients for the potent potion, better bring 'em.
(10-12, 20 & up) Country Singing: Zara Bode, Stefan Amidon -- A chance to kick-back on the porch at Sutherland and sing! Zara and Stefan will introduce us to the genre known for simple, but beautiful harmonies and heartfelt solo moments.
Teachers Seminar: Kari Smith
Teacher Training Course participants will join the class teachers and students in the morning to work with traditional material. This will be our daily chance to discuss what we have observed and to try some of the material ourselves.
Stories at the Green Chairs: Kevin Carr
Stories true and slightly true, wandering through the realms of folklore and folk music in search of that which gives our life meaning - joy, laughter, treasure of many kinds, and ultimately the company we keep. Kevin Carr has been telling stories and making music for decades, and a sweet, rousing, enchanting experience is guaranteed.
|8:15||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger|
|8:30-10:45||Evening Dance Party|
|9:30||Bedtime for 10-12 year olds|