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I am owner of 'Inspiring Professional Development and School Improvement'. Prior to this, I was President of the International Drama Theatre and Education Association (IDEA) from 2010-13 and was Chair of National Drama (UK's leading professional association of Drama Teachers and Theatre Educators) for more than a decade (until November 2014). I was a Local Authority Arts Adviser for 11 years (from 2000) and a School Improvement Partner and Ofsted Inspector concurrently. I also led a successful local authority Music Service through change, from 2000 to 2002. I am a professional writer and was a BBC Education Series Consultant and Scriptwriter. I also have published several books for teachers on teaching across the curriculum using 'Drama for Learning'. I currently work internationally and in the UK, where I am the owner of 'Inspiring Professional Development and School Improvement', providing courses and conferences for schools on many subjects and issues. I also continue to develop and deliver my own drama courses in schools across the UK and abroad, as well as being an invited lecturer at several universities.

Exploring and Understanding Texts Together: Using Drama Strategies as Inter-thinking Frames in English MARCH 1st 2019, NORWICH

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BOOK AT:   http://www.patricebaldwin.com 

VENUE:       St.William’s Primary School, Norwich

ABOUT THE COURSE
Drama strategies are pedagogical tools that can be used to bring texts alive for children, making the content accessible, meaningful and memorable. Drama strategies can be selectively used, to stimulate, scaffold and share deep thinking and inter-thinking, in relation to any text type, e.g. traditional tales, classic poetry and picture books.

Most teachers know only a few drama strategies. This course will give fresh insights into how to adapt and rethink common strategies, e.g. Hot-seating, Freeze-frame, Conscience Alley and will also provide you with other highly effective strategies, e.g. Thought-walks, Proxemics, Talking Objects, Passing Thoughts, 3D Landscape, etc.

Participants will:
• Consider practical ways of entering and understanding the key moments within a range of text types;
• Explore ways of questioning, understanding, tracking and portraying fictional characters and their development;
• Create, enter and experience fictional settings, situations and narratives;
• Practically explore ways of deepening knowledge and understanding of plots and sub-plots within texts;
• Consider how inter-related images and words work together, to deepen our cognitive and affective understanding of picture books and imagery within texts;

The Drama Strategies and techniques used during this course, are transferable for use with other texts.
Participants will take away a Drama Strategies booklet and three units of work (based on a Picture Book, a Traditional Tale and a Classic Narrative Poem).

THIS COURSE CAN ALSO BE PROVIDED AS A SCHOOL BASED INSET DAY AND/OR DEVELOPED INTO A BESPOKE ADVICE AND SUPPORT PACKAGE, WITH PATRICE WORKING WITH YOUR TEACHERS AND CLASSES, USING TEXTS OF YOUR CHOICE

£160.00 for 1 and £300 for 2 places

Fairytales, books and stories at a Culture Centre in Umea, Sweden – (August 2019)

A Culture Centre for children and youth in Umea,  has invited me to do 2 days of process drama workshops at the end of August 2019. They will be based on Fairytales, books and stories. I was last in Umea in 2014, when the Swedish Arts Council  invited me to give a speech at a conference celebrating the city becoming the European City of Culture.

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A Conference in Switzerland in July 2019 – Drama and Theatre in Language Teaching

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I am looking forward to doing a keynote and workshops at this Conference in Switzerland in July.  Professor Jonothan Neelands will also be giving a workshop and a keynote, which I am looking forward to hearing.
 
The fifth annual Drama in Education Days will take place in Zug, Switzerland from July 18th-20th 2019. The conference focuses on best practice and research in the field of Drama and Theatre in Education specifically in second and foreign language teaching. The conference is bilingual English/German.
 
Keynotes by Jonothan Neelands, University of Warwick, UK
& Patrice Baldwin, Past President of the International Drama, Theatre and Education Association and Past Chair of National Drama UK.
 
Abstracts for talks or workshops may be submitted until March 15th 2019 to: eva.goeksel@phzg & sgiebert@htwg-konstanz.de
 

 

Drama for Thought, Talk and Writing

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I am leading CPD days for schools across the UK, during 2019 on Drama for Thought, Talk and Writing.  So far this year, I have led training days in Swansea,  Huddersfield and Norwich.  There are several further days in Norfolk planned and others in Wales being developed.  Further enquiries and bookings are welcome.

 

 

 

Erasmus project – Play it Out Loud

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Dr. Ruth Sayers and I are representing National Drama (UK) in a new Erasmus, EU funded project that is researching the impact of Drama on shy children.  Our first meeting was at Lodz, Poland in December 2019.  The project lasts 2 years and involves organisations from Poland, Spain, Greece (Crete), Ireland and the UK.  Our next meeting is in Norwich in May 2019.

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Leicestershire Teaching Schools Alliance – Speaker Series

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I was a guest speaker for the SSIF Speaker Series in February 2019.  I focused on the way that different drama techniques scaffold different types of thinking and talk.  I also considered how they can be used to explore inference, within texts and images.  I worked practically with about 60 teachers from more than 40 schools.

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Taking Theseus back to Athens

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I was invited to give workshops at the 8th International Conference ”Theatre/Drama and Performing Arts in Education: Utopia or Necessity?” in Athens.  My workshop was based on the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. 

I also was the Co-ordinator for a working group on Theatre, Drama and Formal Education.

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A Drama for Learning Conference in Spain (Oviedo)

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In November 2019, I gave a speech and workshops at a Drama for Learning Conference in Oviedo, Spain.

My speech was about how Drama Strategies support Thinking, Inter-thinking and Talk.

My drama workshop was based on The Tunnel by Anthony Browne.

‘Incomers’ – a Turkish Drama Conference in Ankara ( 25th to 28th October 2018)

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I gave a speech and led workshops in Ankara, on ‘The Incomers’, using art work from picture books by Armin Greder and Shaun Tan.  I also used the poem, ‘Home’ by Warsan Shire.

I will be returning to Turkey to lead workshops in Eskihisar in April 2019 and in Adana in October 2019.

 

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