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1.2 ...with Kids and Animals! The Perils of Working with Both - Scott


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  • All of us here today work for organisations that tackle animal welfare. In most cases, within our home countries the issues we face are simply not know about by the wider population. Education help brings the issues we tackle into the minds of people
  • Education also helps people to tackle the issues we face. It’s one thing to tell people what is right and wrong but it’s another to show them why. By educating people we can give the knowledge to make a real and lasting change
  • Going out into schools also raises your profile. After all, if no one knows you exist, how can they help yo?
  • So you’ve decided to take the plunge and face the hordes of screaming children to bring about a better tomorrow.
  • Infants vs teenagers – infants will be more reception but remember little, teenagers will understand more but be less receptive.
    What subjects can you tap into – schools like workshops to help them with their curriculum.
    find out who is also doing the same thing as you. Too many organisations can be a problem and you can always working jointly to share resources.
  • Check for legal requirements, any checks that need to take place. They will also give you details of local schools
    Look at lesson structure and special events that you can use as a way into school.
    I would like you to meet someone.
  • I would like you all to meet some one. This is Otis, my number one resource for workshops. Everything we do in workshops revolves around him. From his needs, to his story, to the training he’s had – he is central to everything.
    Bringing an animal into the classroom is a great way to help the pupils understand your message. There are some perils however, such… but it’s this unpredictability that really brings alive.
    But you don’t need a lot of money or animals to be able to run an education programme- all you need is imagination.
  • You give the kids what they want. After all, you are here for them. I have someone else I’d like you to meet. He’s a dog, and he’s a bit nervous and so I could do with a volunteer. Puppet work.
  • Drama is a great way for kids to explore and understand the messages you are trying to teach them. It’s fun, different, plus the kids don’t realise they are learning. But you do need to be careful how you approach it. Explanation and demonstration of the different types of drama. Controlled – safety game with puppet. Interactive – Otis story and hot seating. Free reign – situational. Note – how each activity has a warm up and lead in.
  • Nearly all the problems you’ll encounter with drama are from characters in the class.
    Sir clever clogs – subverts the activity by seeking ways to be different. E.g – the boy who pulls out a gun in the safety game. Solution – telling them it’s a good idea but pointing out the flaw (e.g. do you have a gun on you now?)
    Little Miss shy – doesn’t want to take part. Solution – don’t make them- the kids should enjoy the activity and forcing them to take part will only leave them with a negative experience and not your message
    Madame Starlet – overacts their part. Solution – let them. The rest of the class will be encouraged by it.
    The extremist – takes the activity down a darker route, e.g. the boy who mauls a classmate whilst playing an aggressive dog. Solution – pause the activity and remind them of acceptable behaviour.
  • But the biggest problem is you’ll encounter is yourself. Drama requires you taking a big risk – trusting the pupils. Things won’t always run smoothly. If you are willing to throw your cares to the wind, let the kids take the lead, and are prepared to fail, your drama will work out.
  • I know I mentioned earlier that you should focus on the pupils, it’s still worth talking briefly about teachers. Without the class teacher, you’ll never have got into the classroom to begin with, so it pays to give them something too.
  • I hope that’s given you a brief glimpse into working with kids and animals, but if you do need any more information, please feel free to get in touch.
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    • 1. …with kids and animals! The perils of working with both.
    • 2. Why educate? Setting up an Education Programme What works with kids? The Dogs Trust Education Programme What we’re going to look at:
    • 3. Why Educate? “Ignorance is not bliss.” Philip Wylie
    • 4. Why Educate? “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Chinese proverb
    • 5. Why Educate? “Without publicity there can be no public support.” Benjamin Disraeli
    • 6. Why Educate? “It’s a whole lot of fun.” Scott Spencer
    • 7. Setting up an Education Programme Where do you start?
    • 8. The 3 important questions What do you want to do? Who do you want to do it with? What do you need to do this?
    • 9. What do you want to do? 1. Choose your message 2. Choose your venue 3. Choose your ‘hook’
    • 10. Who do you want to do it with? 1. Choose your age group carefully 2. Research your education system 3. Who else is doing the same thing?
    • 11. What do you need to do this? 1. Check with local municipals / Councils 2. Understand the school timetable 3. Resources
    • 12. What works with kids? This is rubbish! I’m bored! I hate school!
    • 13. What works with kids? All I want to do is have some fun!
    • 14. But what is fun? doing not listening talking not being silent movement not stillness completely different for each age group everything a teacher fears most
    • 15. So what do you do?
    • 16. Drama 5 – 6 year olds Controlled drama 7 – 9 year olds Interactive drama 10 – 11 year olds ‘Free reign’ drama But what does that mean?
    • 17. Problems with drama ‘Sir Clever Clogs’ ‘Little Miss Shy’ ‘Madame Starlet’ ‘The Extremist’
    • 18. Problems with drama Don’t panic! Planning Evaluating Feedback
    • 19. A word about teachers They like to know what’s going on… …so show them a plan, and reference it. They’d prefer to be doing something else… …so don’t expect them to help. They’ll want to tell you what they think… …so give them a chance to.
    • 20. The Dogs Trust Education Programme: 1. Website 2. Free resources for teachers 3. Education Officers
    • 21. The website Two separate sections – one for children, one for teachers. Short films about what we do. Information about fundraising for us.
    • 22. Resources for teachers A variety to suit all ages. All referenced to the National Curriculum. Can be used on their own or as part of a visit by an Education Officer.
    • 23. Education Officers Workshops follow 4 themes but can also be tailored to a school’s particular needs. All referenced to the National Curriculum. Are completely free
    • 24.