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Publication: Teachers College
Date: July 18, 2014
Summary: A multi-media remix of Mary Shelley's classic novel, "Frankenstein," was presented July 17. The production, which included an original script and original choreography, plus original sound mixes, video, photography and line drawings, was staged by Performance at the Center, a project of TC's Center for the Professional Education of Teachers (CPET).
“Gordon and Bruni hope to reprise Performance at the Center in the summer 2015, and, meanwhile, build an online community of teachers all over the world who want to experiment with this radical new way of teaching literature.”
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Publication: Chalkbeat NY
Date: July 18, 2014
Summary: At age 18, Mary Shelley was challenged to write a horror story, and the novel “Frankenstein” was the final product. Over the past two weeks, 13 teachers—four from New York City—and 13 local high school students tackled a challenge of their own: rethinking Shelley’s work to create an original multi-media performance.
“This is not something they can lift verbatim and plop into their classroom,” Blom cautioned. “They’re going to take what works for them, adapt it, make it fit their unique classrooms.”
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Publication: NY Daily News
Date: July 17, 2014
Summary: They’re called “students” and “teachers” for 10 months out of the year, but all 26 of the people who performed a rowdy rendition of “Frankenstein” on Thursday at Columbia Teachers College were simply “players.”Their modern multimedia mashup was the final product of nine days of a radical education experiment, designed to spur kids’ creativity by giving them more latitude to interpret and create.
“I would tell the teacher to turn off the screen, erase the board and let the students speak,” said Melissa Kingue, a 15-year-old drama student at LaGuardia High School on the Upper West Side. “Getting on your feet and doing something: that’s exploring.”
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Publication: Huffington Post
Date: July 12, 2014
Summary: To explore and remix Shelley's Frankenstein in a multi-media context is currently the creative challenge for 13 teachers from around the world and 13 New York City high school students at Teachers College, Columbia University. The Common Core Curriculum Standards have curtailed the study of fiction in favor of STEM disciplines. The multi-media remix of Frankenstein places the spotlight on fiction and the humanities as critical components of a 21st century education and asks: How else can we creatively engage with literature in the learning environment? The project will culminate with a presentation at The Center for the Professional Education of Teachers on July 17.
"It's not a "mine" type of place, it's an "our" type of place. The normal "student-teacher" relationship is broken. It's teaching me about how you can take very minor characters and develop them further. It's teaching me about looking at things from multiple perspectives. It's teaching me that the school system is very flawed. In this kind of a space, we are all educating each other. We all respect each other. We feel much freer to share with each other."
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