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TAP After School, Back in Session!

TAP Teaching Artists started returning to the classroom last week and are already working on continuing projects from last semester. Aron Taylor’s classes at Barrington Elementary have been working on a Pet Project which has been a project with many faces. This project has helped the students address healthy eating and bullying, as well as modeled teamwork and friendly behavior. Their pets learned how to be respectful, friendly animals from their classes’ behavior.

After the pets had grown and were a happy addition to the Barrington Classes, they began mysteriously disappearing. One by one each pet was swallowed by a giant frog! The students needed to work together to solve the mystery of why the frog swallowed their pets and how to get them back home.
What makes this project unique is that each class was reunited with the pets through videos Teaching Artist Aron set up (i.e. Skype, e-mail, video e-mails, and walkie-talkies. This opened up a dialogue among the students about bullying; primarily whether or not the giant frog is a bully because he swallowed the pets. The classes discussed the misunderstandings and miscommunication; what makes a bully a bully and why? The students also discussed other ways they could communicate with each other through performance or visual art.
So what is happening with this project for the spring semester? Aron’s classes will be making their own videos that demonstrate conflict resolution in a bullying situation.

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We are based in Austin, Texas and reach more than 16,000 young people every year through our unique blend of theatre and education programs.Our programs expose young people to critical social problems and offer opportunities for them to creatively think about how they can be a part of solutions to these problems. Creative Action is a unique blend of art and education – for us, the two are intertwined. We believe that using the arts as a teaching method provides a fun, engaging and inspiring way to learn – it incorporates the whole mind and body.

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