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Kids Teach Kids

What is 'Kids teach kids'?

‘Kids teach kids” philosophy is a learning model rooted in a foundation of compassion and trust and strives to build up the Brave Kids' confidence in their own abilities, not only as artists, but as leaders in their communities.

The songs, dances, and other elements that children present become the source material to teach and learn from one another (along with other ad hoc material that develops organically, as children socialize and play during breaks and free time).

It’s the part of workshops where participants share their skills: they teach their dances, songs, circus skills, they show their exercises, propose theatrical scenes etc. It’s their workshop. As artistic instructors we are  here only to help and facilitate.

In this model the role of an Artistic Instructor is mainly to support, to follow the kids and help them when they get lost- but even then, we want them first to ask for help. To make it all possible, the Artistic Instructor has to support kids with pedagogical skills and show  the communication model used in the work process. This happens during the ‘sharing work tools’ part of workshop.

To feel comfortable during the teaching and learning process, while facing new challenges, kids need safe and friendly environment, free of constant evaluation. Creating it and maintain at a right level is another role of Artistic Instructor.

Quotes

  • One of the leaders told us once how - thanks to Brave - the kids from his group became more self-confident and proud of their culture, and of their input, as they earned respect here. Even when they did these archaic dances, i.e. the old dances, they were not afraid someone would mock them or laugh at their steps. ’I think it’s because they got the attention and all that great fun: kids getting together, learning from each other, and getting to know each other. Well, it was about breaking this cultural ossification. It was like breaking the taboo in a sense it ensured the kids that it wasn’t that archaic, that it was alive, and it could be approached from another perspective. And by doing so, it acquired different meaning for them, too. This gesture, symbol, this dance – all became something different, new, and fascinating when performed by the kids in the costumes of other cultures.’

    Jacek
  • ‘Kids teach kids - this is something that we want to see: the kids who learned some skills from other kids, their friendship and their joy coming from meeting new people’ ‘(...) kids think it cannot be done, and at the end of the day they are the ones to seize the chance to make it happen during the performance…and together, in joy, they become fulfilled and touched because they made it happened.’

    Kasia
  • ‘The performance is always derived from the place of living of those kids, it breaks through the metaphors and pictures they use. It’s really the most important thing: the empathy demonstrated by kids to each other, to their life stories…from that empathy respect is born, that respect brings to mind that little thought, a reflection: ‘wow - he has the same experience as I do, the same sorrow, the same hardship’. That develops friendship and sympathy.’

    Grzegorz

Examples

‘Do what I do’ game

Our working process relies very heavily on the informal learning methods of modelling and repetition.

 

‘Do What I Do’: This simple game is at the heart of the Brave Kids teaching model (Kids Teach Kids) and it forms the basis for our common communication. It means that without any verbal explanation, only by giving example of a certain element we teach how to do something. For example: instead of explaining how many steps we must take and which direction to move, we simply show it (or more accurately, ask the kids whose material it is, to show it several times) and ask everyone else to repeat it.

Tips

Remember the principle that we want to show in the performance: Kids Teach Kids. The performance is not just a simple combination of different elements. Each scene is a result of the joint work of different groups of kids.

 

Remember: even the most difficult and boring task can be transformed into creative fun.

 

Ask yourself...

  1. What to do when kids expect from artistic instructor to teach other kids?
  2. What to do with the authoritarian model of teaching in which the children grew up?
  3. What if kids shout at others or push them when they teach?
  4. What will be my contribution in the project if kids teach kids?

Contact us

Address

Song of the Goat Theatre Association / Brave Kids

ul. Purkyniego 1
50-155 Wrocław, Poland
NIP 899-23-31-660
KRS 000108979

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