Pre-Texts Teachers Pilot in Kenya
We are very happy to announce that our Kenya Team will do a pilot next year with all the teachers across the country since the Teachers Service Commission has agreed to work in alliance with the Pre-Texts program.
6th grade students read Gorky’s My Childhood
The teachers used Pre-Texts’ pedagogy to integrate play, custom activities and assessment with 210 6th grade students at Shanghai Wenlai reading Maxim Gorky’s “My Childhood” together. The students discussed the author’s relationships with his grandfather and grandmother and showed their interpretations through drawings, drama, and sound performance. During these sessions, East China Normal University, Shanghai Education Bureau, SH Public Examination Authority and principals of top schools conducted classroom observation of eight teachers, these are some of their appreciations: “Win-win – growth in teachers’ professional development and passion in teaching, as well as students’ growth”, Teacher Shi; “Multiple strategies are seen to fulfill teaching goals.” , Principal Ma. Read the full report here.
Pre-Texts Argentina 2022
During the second week of December, our team in Argentina held two days of follow-up and planning for the development of Pre-Textos Workshops in the Comedor Siempre Carrillo and the Juegoteca del Barrio Mugica during the coming year.
Amoeba Tour with Harvard Museums Virtual Gallery
As part of the Museum Studies course “Museum as Active Learning Space” during the fall of 2021, participants co-created a virtual Amoeba Tour with this online gallery. Amoeba is a reference to the changing shape of the group as it morphs to follow one guide and then another. Each person chooses an image and decides which will be a corresponding passage from the text we were using as material for interpretation of the image. Of course this means interpretation of the text as well. In this session we used Michel Foucault’s “Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison.” Take the tour!
Pre-Texts and Performance Arts at FIPR 2021, Argentina
“On the other hand, I found that the raw material for both encounters would be a prose text by Salvador Dalí, at first – and secondly – quite inaccessible. After three listens, the instructions were: draw a cover and show it; ask a question to the text and show it; choose a question from someone else, answer it with a poem and show it.” Read here the full article by Emilia Perez, one of the participants of “Contra toda eternidad”, the poetry and performance workshop developed with Pre-Texts methodology by Tálata Rodriguez at the Rosario International Poetry Festival 2021.
Photos by FIPR2021
Prof. Sommer facilitated a Pre-Textos Workshop for professionals of the Faculty of Law and Social Sciences UNA and the Training Centers allied to the Rule of Law and Culture of Integrity Program. This Program is promoted by the Instituto Desarrollo, with the technical and financial support of USAID/Paraguay.
Colombia: Peace Speaks Up
Our expert facilitator from Colombia, María Victoria Mena, was invited to participate in Cultura Ciudadana to talk about the role that Performance, Scenography and Narratives play in the construction of citizenship and cultural transformation. Click here to see the full report of her latest workshops with Afro-Colombian texts for the program “La paz se toma la palabra”.