Kids Giving Back recently ran our very first In Their Shoes – Empathy through Drama workshop at Scots College, Bellevue Hill. Developed and facilitated by drama teacher Deb Meyer especially for Kids Giving Back, In Their Shoes uses drama techniques to really hit home and learn what it’s like to be in the shoes of others. For a solid hour and a half the Year 11 students worked their minds and bodies and had fun, as Deb led them through a series of exercises exploring the meaning of empathy, and challenging their perceptions on the aged. Facial expressions and reading body language have (literally) taken on a whole new meaning for the Scots boys who participated in the workshop.

IMG_0613In Their Shoes’ workshops are tailor made for your school or workplace. Workshops focus on practical and fun strategies to help improve students’ levels of empathy towards others, including vulnerable groups such as the elderly, disabled, refugees and the homeless. Through discussion, games and drama based activities such as role-play, students  learn what it’s like to be in the shoes of others. Students learn skills in ‘reading’ facial expressions and body language, active listening and developing rapport, and are encouraged to apply these skills in all aspects of their lives.

IMG_0619Workshops are facilitated by experienced Drama teacher – Deb Meyer (MTeach Drama/English USYD; BA (Psychology/Sociology UNSW) and range from the basic two sessions to a series of sessions depending on school or workplace needs.

IMG_0599Workshops support the NSW Dept of Education syllabus across the key learning areas of Drama, English, PDHPE, and Religious Studies in both primary and high school, and are suitable for both upper primary and secondary students as well as adults in the workplace.

Take a look at our flyer here:

Flyer_In Their Shoes.pdf

“If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view – until you climb inside of their skin and walk around in it.”  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Drop us a line to discuss bringing In Their Shoes Workshops to your school or workplace, info@kidsgivingback.org