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dents -- are they just embarking on a unit
of study, are they in revision mode, are
they advanced or a low-literacy group?
A good incursion should be designed to
fit you, and a good practitioner will listen
carefully and tell you exactly how they
can tailor their program.
Prepare your students. Let them know
what to expect and tell them how the
incursion will fit into your unit of study.
Prepare yourself. Make sure all of your
colleagues know you have booked an
incu rsion. Sort out timetable and venue
issues well in advance and, on the day
ensure the venue is set up according to the
provider's requirements. You don't want
to waste the first 15 minutes of the session
packing away chairs or setting up desks.
Get involved on the day. Don't be afraid
to ju mp into the activities, help your stu-
dents carry out tasks and let them see
you in a different light. Leave that pile
of marking for another time!
Follow up in class. Don't let the incur-
sion remain an isolated incident. Use
it as a springboard for further creative
activities. Spend at least half an hour in
your next class debriefing the students
and discovering what they have learnt. A
good external provider can help you with
suggestions on how to follow up.
Continue your dialogue with the provider.
If you have found the experience valuable,
stay in touch. Bell Shakespeare is very
active on social media and will soon launch
a new learning blog. This will create an
ongoing dialogue between The Players and
teachers and students around the country.
The best incu rsions can transform and
inspire your students. They are an invalu-
able tool for any classroom teacher as they
reinforce the work you do in the classroom.
Good incu rsions open the door to learning
in exciting and creative ways and, in many
cases, have an impact on the participants
throughout the rest of their lives. T
James Evans is Resident Artist in Educ a-
tion at Bell Shakespeare.
For more information on Bell Shakespeare's
learning program, go to bellshakespeare.
com.au/learning or c all 1300 305 730
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