Resources That Will Transform Your School

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  • Slam Poetry

    The combination of creative writing & performance is a powerful form of expression

  • Songwriting

    Students work with professional musician to write, perform & record a school anthem

  • Multimedia

    Students work together writing, acting, directing, producing & editing to tell their story

Do You Want Your Students To Be Excited About Learning?

Have you been trying to find ways to get your students excited about learning? To build their confidence so they'll try things for the first time? Or to create a supportive environment in your classroom, but nothing’s worked?

I've worked with thousands of students over the last 18 years, and I've learned the one thing everyone needs most of all, is a safe place to get it wrong. This is as true for the professional musicians and actors I work with as much as it is for students.

If students don’t feel safe, they're not going to be open to trying new ideas and experiences. In fact, they're going to shut down and try to protect themselves. As their teacher I know this is frustrating, because you know they have more potential than they’ve ever given themselves credit for. And you know how amazing they will feel if they could just have a win!

If this is your situation, I'd really like to provide an experience for your students that plays to their strengths and helps them see themselves and those around them with new eyes. This type of experience can change a student's life and create an encouraging and supportive classroom.

If this sounds exciting to you, we should talk! info@rikleaf.com

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I am so proud of my students! I could see the energy and excitement radiate from each one of them. To see them take pride in what they’ve accomplished makes the whole process worth it - and the final product was fantastic!

350 paper airplanes filled with positive messages. Everyone made one, threw one & got one. 8 students filming with iPads. 1 take. Edited in iMovie. 

Songwriting (Grade 1-12)

Over the course of a week, students work with a professional songwriter to write and record an original song. This project can involve all the students and grade levels in the school. Many schools use their song throughout the year to celebrate their community values. This video is an example of a songwriting project called, Change the World, that involved 350 students.
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Slam Poetry (Grade 3-12)

Slam Poetry is the combination of creative writing and creative performance. It's different from acting because we don't use costumes or props, and it's not rap or hiphop because there is no music or beats. It's just about words. I've taught slam to thousands of students over the last 10 years and watched students get engaged and excited about creative writing.
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Multimedia Storytelling (Grade 1-12)

Students work together writing, storyboarding, acting, directing, creating visual art and editing. This creates an environment where students with different gifts and abilities can succeed at the same time, gaining an appreciation for the value of their talents and of those around them. For Somewhere You Need To Know, all the students in the high school worked together to create the story celebrating their community.
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Your workshops inspired our youth and helped feed their creative spirits, and left memories which will last a life time. You tease all our senses and what you leave behind is a warm memory and the desire to open the floodgates of our own creativity. 

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What If We Are A Small School?

I work with many small schools in remote & northern communities. It's not a problem if your school doesn't have production equipment like computers, cameras, iPads or instruments. I bring everything we need to ensure that your students will have an incredible opportunity to share their story. (I went to a really small school myself, and am very motivated to make this work for you)
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We Have Multimedia & Music Programs

It's fantastic if your school already has a multimedia or music program as we can build on the foundation and dive deeper into the creative process and support the learning that has already happened and take it to the next level. Supporting teachers in their classroom is a privilege.
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Is It Age/Grade Appropriate?

These creative resources are adaptable to students from JK - Grade 12. The Sets'ani Anti Bullying Project was produced in a small school in the NWT, with 20 JK-Grade 1 students. Somewhere You Need To Know, involved all the Grade 7-12 students in the high school.  Learn More >>

Can We Choose The Focus & Theme?

Choosing the focus of the project or theme is totally up to you! Past projects have included Anti Bullying, School Pride, The Buddy BenchIndigenous Students Walking in Two Worlds, Changing The World & even Disrespectful PiratesWATCH VIDEOS >>

Rik beamed into our classroom in Palmerston Senior College, in Darwin, Australia. My students were inspired by his ability to break down his work into elements that makes poetry ‘visually’ accessible. There was a really powerful exchange of ideas as Rik reinforced some great poetry writing techniques to apply to their own writing

Choosing the Best Project For Your School, Students & Budget

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I've worked with thousands of students in schools across Canada over the last 18 years. As a professional Recording Artist, Producer, Author & Slam Poet, I approach school projects the same way I do studios and TV/Film sets. Without exception, students rise to the challenge! If you're interested, you can read about my LIFE STORY HERE

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