Developing Effective Learning Mindsets

Developing Effective Learning Mindsets

Session 1: What is an effective learning mindset?
Session 2: Understanding the emotions in a learning journey
Session 3: Coping with challenges and difficulties
Session 4: Moving forward being ready to learn

The four week programme includes Augusto Boal techniques and leads to a piece of Forum Theatre. Forum Theatre (FT) was pioneered by Augusto Boal during the 1970s in South America. Part of a collection of theatrical methods referred to as the Theatre of the Oppressed (Boal,1979), Forum Theatre is perhaps the most well-known and widely used of these approaches.

It involves a devised play where the subject matter personally resonates. In this case, Pop Up Drama facilitators asked the participants to write anonymously a situation in school that they find stressful or challenging. These ideas were used to write the final FT play. The play ends with a challenge or an unsolved situation for the central character. The audience or ‘spect-actors’ (as no one is passive throughout the workshop or performance) are asked for ideas on how the protagonist could overcome the challenge. The protagonist then takes each idea and improvises a more desirable conclusion to the scene. Sometimes a ‘spect-actor’ becomes the protagonist to show the change suggested or might become a new character in the play.