Baboró Drama Tools for the Classroom CPD 2017 - Booking Now Open

Would you like to build on your ability to use the creative arts to aid learning in the classroom?  This five-day EPV Department of Skills and Education approved summer course has been specially designed to explore the use of drama, both as a subject as well as a methodology, to inspire and augment learning in the classroom and enrich the professional practice of teachers and educators, supported by the drama curriculum and the ethos of Baboró International Arts Festival for Children.

This CPD provides participants with an opportunity to gain insights and practical tools to explore drama in the classroom in a safe and relaxed environment, supported and mentored by drama specialist and primary teacher Irene O'Meara. The emphasis is on process drama and enhancing teacher and child experience in the classroom.

Who is this CPD for?

This professional development course is suitable for teachers and professionals working with children, who are enthusiastic about gaining useful drama tools to support their teaching via an integrated approach within the primary curriculum, and using drama games and strategies to enable their students to become directly involved in their own learning.

What will you learn?

The course has a practice-based approach, and offers participants 5 days of rich, fun and engaging learning, enabling them to:

  • Enjoy engaging in drama activities with students in a confident manner.
  • Explore a broad range of stimuli for the creation of drama.
  • Link drama activities to the curriculum to create a variety of opportunities to help further develop skills within reading, speaking, and writing.
  • Use space and objects, to build context in stories.
  • Create and develop fictional worlds that students can engage in.
  • Foster co-operation and collaboration in an educational environment.
  • Be equipped to deepen students’ experience of the arts via simple exercises in pre and post engagement.
  • Feel equipped to incorporate a class visit to a theatre or gallery so that students can have the best possible creative experience.

About Baboró International Arts Festival for Children:

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children is Ireland's Flagship Family Arts Festival, based in Galway. Now in its 21st year, Baboró continues to reignite the magic of imagination for the whole family via its annual festival in October. A feast of wonder, entertainment, excitement and more.  

Baboró is committed to the provision of equal access to quality cultural and creative arts experiences to all children, and in order to achieve this, Baboró is dedicated to supporting educators in their endeavors to inspire children to engage with the world through their experience of the creative arts.

About Irene O’Meara:

Irene O’Meara, B.Ed., LLSM, MA Drama and Theatre Studies

Drama specialist and primary school teacher, Irene O’Meara has been facilitating In-Service for over two decades, and had designed and delivered programmes in Drama, Integrated Arts, Literacy, and Early Childhood Education.

Irene has worked in the Drama Department at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick and is currently a tutor and assessor with Hibernia College. She enjoys introducing new concepts, enhancing skills, facilitating active learning and giving participants ownership of their craft and professionalism.

When: July 3rd – 7th 2017  from 9.30am to 2.00pm

Where: The O'Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, NUI Galway

How Much: Course Cost €70 per person 

How Many: Places Limited to 20

Attendees Receive: Certificate of Participation

More Details At: (091) 562 667 or email

I was nervous before starting the course as it was definitely outside of my comfort zone. However, I needn’t have worried. Every day was jam-packed with wonderful games and lesson plan ideas. The week flew by!

“I feel so much more confident going forward teaching drama because of the course. I loved the games and workshops throughout the week. There was great variety and I felt I was learning all the time. My confidence has developed and I have been transformed.”

“Magical sessions, positive energy, supportive atmosphere, confidence building and consideration given to varying abilities.”

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