Educator. Theatre Artist. Creative Strategist. Nourishing creativity and critical thinking through action based leadership. www.cathyclarketheatre.com

Travel

4 Tips to Securing Your Epic Photo (And Experience)

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Birthday Sunrise at Angkor Wat | C. Clarke

Angkor Wat at sunrise is a truly magical experience.

During my visit to the Khmer Empire’s temple complex located moments north of Siem Reap, Cambodia, I was in constant awe of the world’s largest religious site’s beauty, complexity, and history.

Here are a couple of things to consider before setting out to capture an epic photo and experience.

Tip #1: Plan The Date


Travel | Reflections

A Gift From Mother Nature To My Memories

Travel Memories.

August 4, 2017. From the balcony of the Okay Boutique Hotel in Phnom Penh, Nescafe instant coffee the left hand, iPad in the right.

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Phnom Penh, View of the Waterfront, August 4, 2017

5:22

There is a special peacefulness this morning.

A peacefulness that you can’t really capture on film.

This is the last moment of quiet throughout the day. A brief moment in time when the soundtrack of Phnom Penh is paused and dominated by silence. The hammers and horns are resting.

The boats of the Mekong frame the distance, gently balancing their cargo as if suspended in space.

The sun illuminates the sky, transforming grey…


Beauty | Style

Keep Your Lipstick Calm and on Your Lips with These Tips

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Photo by Juliana Malta on Unsplash

I adore lipstick and everything about lipstick. It is an obsession that grew from my first strawberry Lipsmacker to an ever-evolving, extensive red lipstick collection.

I tried to get on trend with the increase of eye products due to the need to wear masks in all public interactions. Although I have enjoyed my time experimenting with vibrant eyeliner and YouTube tutorial-esqe eye looks, nothing completes my look like a polished lip.

I must admit, I feel like it’s an ode to my past life before the pandemic. I have always believed in the power of red lipstick and, just like…


Education | Leadership

Get ready to brainstorm…

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Photo by Christian Stahl on Unsplash

Picking a topic for your practicum?

It’s like picking a topic for an essay or project.

What is really going to engage you while providing the appropriate, right-amount-of-challenge, all at the same time?

Whenever I launch into a new inquiry project with students or my team, I always encourage everyone to merge the details of the project with something they are passionate about. For, if you’re going to spend a lot of time on something, you need to have some engagement in the topic.

This article outlines the thought process I went through when I was…


Writing | Productivity | Education

A three-step, collaborative process to elevate your message and strengthen your work. Hint: you need to schedule some time.

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Photo by Isaac Smith on Unsplash

It’s literary essay time in my online English class. It is one of the most exciting times in the course as the students showcase their insights from their book club novel discussions. It’s also a time to focus on editing and feedback techniques to elevate the messages in the work.

I am going to explain the process I take the students through using a teaching lens. I invite you to apply and adapt this approach to your own pieces of writing.

Step #1: Mindful Planning


Education | Theatre | Creation

Rehearsal planning in both the studio and distance learning/distance creation environment

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An example of a choice board from 2020 spring distance rehearsal season.

It is necessary to have a flexible plan for rehearsal.

In this plan, there needs to be a balance between structure (to keep the activities focused) while being flexible (to allow time for creativity to grow).

During the past four months of distance learning, the foundational practice of tailoring rehearsal to fit the needs of the artist and the production were still valid in the online classroom.

Regardless of teaching in the studio or from the computer, it is important to remember that rehearsal is about growth.

Growth of…


Education | Distance Learning

Let’s help students go from “being behind” to managing what they need to do for not only the curriculum, but for everyone’s wellness

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Photo by Kevin Ku on Unsplash

In Ontario there are only four more weeks left in the 2019–2020 school year. For my theatre courses, I have approached the last two months of distance learning with units that allow the students flexibility and choice in content and assessment. As a secondary teacher, many of my students need this flexibility as we no longer have our protected, daily 75 minutes together. Plus, many of my students are balancing jobs and family commitments during the pandemic.


Productivity | Work | Remote Work

Level Up Your E-mail Practices With Some Tips and Exemplars From Our Furry Friends

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Did Someone Say E-Mail? Picture By C. Clarke

Let’s talk about electronic communication.

Specifically, e-mails.

Before COVID-19 e-mail was a dicey area where words were at high risk of being misread, misintrepreted and shifted around. Now, in the COVIDera, it is replacing what would normally be a “pick up the phone” or “walk down the hall” conversation.

Potential for greatness or for double trouble.

After reading Jack Shepherd’s Every Type of Zoom Call Participant, Illustrated By Cats, I was inspired to apply the concept of using cat photography to explain a concept. In my…


Education | Critical Thinking

Breaking and explaining the different inquiry learning models for curriculum design and student engagement.

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Photo by Terry Vlisidis on Unsplash

How can inquiry learning help empower your learners to be successful and engaged?

Now that we have traded in community circles for digital conferencing, I can’t help but wonder about the role inquiry learning can play in helping students to learn, explore and acquire knowledge. How can inquiry learning encourage students to move from consumption of curriculum material to empower them to be creators of their own projects/stories/conquer the curriculum?

The effectiveness of inquiry based learning starts with planning. As we continue to teach in an…


“I’ll Do It Later” is no longer acceptable — here’s the mindset I’m using to get the project done

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Stop Punting the Problem To The Future | Photo: Malvestida Magazine/Unsplash

In 2018 I decided to enter into the world of formal leadership by levelling up my qualifications. Over the course of year, I engaged with a variety of diverse, life changing, professional development. At the end of the formal courses, there was one more task to complete: the leadership inquiry practicum. No problem, except the fact that the timeline is flexible to accommodate the different projects.

Flexible Deadlines = My Achilles Heel.

As a theatre artist, there is always an opening night, a curtain that has to go up, and a grant deadline that is due. …

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