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Sheila Kerrigan

Sheila educates and delights 3rd-5th graders with “The Scientific Mime, or, What’s Up With Gravity?” Author of “The Performer’s Guide to the Collaborative Process,” she teaches workshops on mime, forces and motion,  juggling, small-group communication, collaboration, and creative process. She taught “Community-Based Performance” at Duke, and “Creating Original Performance” at Bennington’s July Program. President of the SE Center for Arts Integration, she was a Fellow with A+ Schools, and Alternate ROOTS’ Resources for Social Change. Founder and performer with TOUCH Mime Theater for seventeen years, director and performer for Jelly Educational Theater, Sheila has performed for young people for years. ARTS-CURRICULUM INTEGRATION: (THEATRE) (MOVEMENT/SCIENCE) (LANGUAGE ARTS) (MIME)


Video Series Physical Science Standards

GRADES: 2, 3, 4, & 5 

I am creating a series of short videos designed for teachers to use to introduce concepts in 2nd-5th grades Physical Science standards. Start off a lesson about gravity with a 5-minute video of a mime struggling against gravity and weight. Or spark interest in moving air with a mime walking against the wind, juggling scarves, and playing with balloons. Other topics include: mass and inertia; sound waves; force, push and pull; simple machines; and friction.

The videos spark excitement about science and help concrete thinkers grasp abstract concepts. In them, I invite the audience to do sound-and-movement gestures for key vocabulary along with me. Why? Because students use visual, oral, auditory, and bodily learning pathways all at once. –see, say, hear, do—and that helps cement learning by storing information in four different areas of the brain. Plus, silliness is embedded, and brain research has shown that we remember better when we have an emotional connection to content.

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