Transforming Learning Through Chinese Theatre

Artist: Hua Hua Zhang

Type: Professional Learning

Program Availability: In-Person, Virtual

  • Transforming Virtual Learning Through Chinese Culture
  • Transforming Virtual Learning Through Chinese Culture


Though the use of Chinese Theatre, this professional learning supports teachers to discover the benefits and possibilities for using puppetry as a creative teaching and learning strategy. Teachers will gain an understanding of how and when puppetry can be used to 1) support a positive classroom culture, 2) introduce curriculum topics, 3) enhance creativity, and 4) inspire student reflection and discussion.  Teachers will identify how simple paper, found object and shadow puppets can fill their lessons with awe, wonder and surprises, while also provide stimulating ways to foster creativity and increase student engagement and motivation.


In-Person or Virtual

Recommended Participants

  • Teachers
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Arts Specialists

Learning Intentions

Teachers will:  

  • use their imagination to improvise the creation of three puppets (paper, found object, shadow.)
  • discover ways to increase student engagement by creating a relaxed, supportive and loving virtual classroom atmosphere.
  • discover creative teaching strategies that evoke play and exploration.
  • establish an understanding of how the elements of Chinese Puppet Theatre enhance visual literacy, including viewpoint, movement, vocal tone, and light and shadow.
  • understand how to use puppets to help increase and improve classroom discussions.
  • identify ways to use paper, found objects and shadow to facilitate the learning process.
  • use simple materials to create an abstract or representational puppet.

YA Connections

  • NJSLS-VPA: Artistic Process; Creating; Anchor Standard 1: Conceptualizing & Generating Ideas
  • NJSLS-VPA: Artistic Process; Responding; Anchor Standard 7: Perceiving and Analyzing Products
  • Culturally Responsive Practice
  • Social Emotional Learning

Professional Standards for Educational Leaders

  • Standard 3: Equity & Culture

Price & Info


Workshop Cost per Day: $1215.00

Additional Fees: In-Person Program Travel Fee - $95 per day; Virtual Program Technology Fee - $45; (On-Demand programs are not charged travel or tech fees)


Audience Limit: 25

Program Length: One Three hour session, Two 90-minute Sessions, or Three 50-minute sessions

Workshop Minimum # of Days: 1

Appropriate For Grade(s): Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd



Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Connections

World Cultures