Drama Ideas & Teaching Resources

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 ...
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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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