Bullying & the Bystander

bullying & the bystander

In my latest article on OneStopDRAMAShop.com, I address a sometimes forgotten role in a bullying situation: the bystander.  Drama provides the perfect “practice” opportunity through dialogue and decision making.  Drama also gives students a chance to discuss the bystander role in a group/ensemble situation where they learn what others think and how they might support … Read more

Ways of Ending a Class Lesson

ending a class lesson

Closure is an important component of any lesson. What you don’t want to do is end the class on a high energy activity with a great deal of full class physical movement.  Karen digs into her experience to provide guidance for ways to provide effective closure to a class. She recommends establishing a routine to … Read more

My tips for storytelling

storytelling tips

I picked up many storytelling tips over the years working both as a classroom teacher and working with children in drama education.  I’m sharing them with you because I think stories are one of the best ways to reach people.   You’ll find tips for selecting, practicing, adapting and telling a story in a classroom.  There … Read more

Criticism and Critique Blog Post

Criticism and Critique blog

Criticism and critique in drama employ analysis, interpretation, and evaluation skills which rank high on Bloom’s taxonomy. These deepen students’ thinking.  It is essential that criticism be constructive and not personal or highly negative.  Read my latest post “Introducing Criticism and Critique in Drama” for more about the way we introduce these skills in our 4th grade lessons.

Classroom Management Series

classroom management series

Classroom Management Series: Group Work with Young Students Facilitating small group work with young students in drama can be challenging.  It is really at about eight years when students strongly desire to team, listen, and negotiate with their peers.   This means that group work for younger students needs to be carefully designed and guided.  Read my … Read more