While groping to define provisionally and partly what a particular concept may mean, we gain insight into what it can do.
It is in the groping that the valuable work lies- Mieke Bal
The word companion means friend - someone or something you spend time with.
“Companion” is derived from the Latin “com” meaning with
and the French “panis” meaning bread,
so companion literally means “with bread” or sharing bread together,
hence the name Breadfellows' Chats.
At the point of encounter, there are neither utter ignoramuses nor perfect sages; there are only people who are attempting, together, to learn more than they now know.
— Paulo Freire
Introduction to practice.
Warm Up (About 10 mins)
Some of these are games I have developed myself and many of them come from The Arsenal of Theatre of the Oppressed. They start from the idea that the human being is an indivisible whole; ideas, emotions and sensations “are all indissolubly interwoven. A bodily movement is a thought and a thought expresses itself in a corporeal form.” (49, Boal)
Some of these warm ups are used to get energy up, some are designed to calm down and thoughtfully listen, some are designed to tune awareness to another person's body, some are designed to ignite critical questioning.
Writing a score
Knowledge is equal to the body, emotions and social connections.
Each class should attempt to be holistic in the approach, with conversation, looking and questioning as integral to the process, encompassing the cognitive, social and emotional.
Introductory activity (About 15 mins)
This is usually a short activity that introduces concepts, or skills in a playful exploratory way, to open a space for conversation though language or the body. Introductory activities should be short, playful and introduce the concepts at the heart of the main activity.
This time can also include a presentation, such as an introduction to an artist's work, or a short VTS session responding to artworks etc.
Main Activity (About 40 mins)
Cleaning (About 10 mins)
I suppose this one is self evident, but part of this time should be given to democratically deciding how the work should be shown in the classroom each week, the outcomes of these sessions can help to keep the classroom as a dynamic, changing space.
Reflection (About 15 mins)
This is an important part of each class and can take place through conversations and be documented in notebooks.
A short conversation can begin each reflection session, led by the teacher, after which children are given 5/8 mins to draw/ describe in their notebook what was interesting about the lesson, what they learned, to write some questions that came to them or things they would like to explore further.
Imagine a dream school, run by kids