continuous learning session
course code: CL724
lessons in the art of group teaching
This workshop is designed for new and experienced teachers who wish to enhance their teaching skills within the framework of a group class, and is dedicated to the legacy of Marjorie Barstow (1899-1996), the first graduate of Alexander's first teacher training course (1934). Barstow was a master teacher, and a pioneer in the field of group teaching. She had a unique talent for aiming straight to the heart of a lesson, with student after student, as she worked with them in front of groups ranging from 20 to 80 participants. Her work was very specific in relation to both simple activities (such as walking), and the complexities of artistic performance.
In this workshop, we will explore 3 topics:
- The group teaching practices developed by Marjorie Barstow.
- Movement-based explorations inspired by her work in relation to the core aspects of observation, inhibition, direction, the primary control, and designed to be presented as introductory material at the beginning of a class.
- 'Teaching in activity': the process of guiding the individual student within the group setting.