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

Writing & Creating Assessments

creating assessments

We know words can be very powerful.  Choosing the right words leads to clear and effective assessments.  Selecting them is an art…but you don’t need to do them yourself.  I’ve provided tips on creating assessments in my latest blog. Additionally, I’ve created many grade-appropriate assessments linked to national standards during many years of working with … 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

Drama builds personal character blog post

Drama builds personal character

Since I started using drama in teaching over 40 years ago, I’ve found that drama builds personal character.  This is done through many of its interactive processes such as planning, rehearsing, devising, evaluating, and critiquing others.  During the acting process, actors must interpret, analyze, discuss, and imitate the character traits of the roles they play in a … 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

Include the Arts in Education!

include the arts in education

Do you believe the Arts should be included in children's education?  Ninety (90%) percent of people recently polled* think…Yes! We heartily agree: include the arts in education.  We've been doing that for >40 years.  We're here to help. If drama education is not included in your local schools, get your educators involved.  Our website OneStopDramaShop.com was … Read more