Drama Ideas & Teaching Resources

Designing and Delivering Improvisation
Improvisation means to act without a predetermined text.  An improvisational approach is the opposite of working with a written script where lines have been set and actors memorize the dialogue ...
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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 ...
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Drama Challenges with Younger Students
While we typically associate drama with spontaneity, I've found structure more effective when working with younger children.  Kids of younger age prefer routines -  to know what to expect out ...
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student say I'm done and stop early
Many educators encounter the "I'm Done" student in teaching situations. When students are new to drama or a new skill is being introduced, there will inevitably be the “I’m done” ...
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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 ...
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brainstorming techniques
My latest post answers a question posed by teachers and it affects everyone in drama teaching practice: "How do I make sure, in group work, that one child is not ...
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formative assessment strategy
My favorite formative assessment strategy that challenges students to self-assess, gets participants moving in many directions, and sparks discussion is called the "Rubric on the Wall Assessment." I developed the assessment ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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