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

Who’s Scared story for partner work

Who's Scared story for partner work

I remember that when I first began teaching drama, I struggled to find exciting two-person stories to adapt for dramatic use with my teens. Although teachers may be tempted to use large-group activities with early drama students, I have found that partner work can be the best way to introduce core skills, ease students into … 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

Six Steps to Redirect Behavior in Drama

Six Steps to Redirect Behavior

Young children need a way to recognize incorrect behavior choices while also feeling in control in the classroom.  Because drama is a collaborative art form, students can observe their behavior and the behavior of others though active encounters in social situations.   Drama allows the students to redirect poor choices of behavior into more positive choices … Read more

Assessing Student Discussion

assessing student discussion

A teacher recently posed a question to me assessing student discussion in class:  “What is the best way to get students to speak up in class and how should that be evaluated?”  I recommend you consider three topics:  objectives from state or national standards, school-based requirements for student participation and what is essential learning in the … Read more