Let’s Start at the Very Beginning, a Very Good Place to Start (with Drama!)

No matter the age range, I almost always begin the semester (or year or session) with our Book, Stick, Chair, Person lesson.  It sets my management expectations, introduces vocabulary, and has them seated in a circle, so everyone can see each individual as they respond.  It also sets up a safety net for those new … Read more

Teaching Character Education

teaching character education

We all like lists.  Everyone is familiar with “top 10” lists, so we thought we’d put one together.  Here you go: Top 10 reasons why drama or theater works for teaching character education: Establishes a sense of safety.  Young people need a place to experience how the actions of one person might affect the reactions of … Read more

The Importance of Questioning in Drama

questioning in drama

     Research* shows that questions fire the brain creating new avenues for learning – literally “growing” the brain.  Statements, on the other hand, do not stimulate this kind of activity and may actually “shut down” the brain.  Questioning also guides and enables the brain in the search for meaning, one of its main functions.  … Read more

Classroom Management with Drama

Effective classroom management in Alaska middle school.

One of the top six questions I frequently get asked is about classroom management. “How do I manage all of that movement, shyness, talking, and laughter?” Management has to be considered from initial lesson planning through implementation.  Silliness, movement, shyness, talking out of turn, and laughter during performance are usual concerns.  Below are initial responses … Read more

Integrating Drama with Academic Subjects

integrating drama with academic subjects

How do I integrate other academic subjects with drama in a meaningful way? Integrating drama with academic subjects might seem difficult at first but once you become familiar with the process, it becomes second nature.  Here is how I have conquered the first and most important steps of the process. I begin with the standards.  … Read more

Finding Time for Drama, Part 3

classroom using drama accelerating learning

Integrating drama saves time by accelerating learning.  This is the final blog answering this question I’ve often heard: “where do we get the time to integrate drama into the classroom?” Where do we get the time to integrate?  I think the bigger question is, “Why aren’t we integrating across the curriculum more than we do, naturally, throughout … Read more

Finding Time for Drama, Part 2

Finding Time for Drama

This is the second of three blogs answering this question I’ve often heard: “where do we get the time to integrate drama into the classroom?”    Integrating drama saves time by accelerating learning.   Finding Time for Drama   Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 Several years ago, I worked in Jacksonville, Florida with an … Read more

Finding Time for Drama, Part 1

author working to integrate drama

Here is a question I’ve often heard: “where do we get the time to integrate drama into the classroom?”  As a simple answer — integrating drama saves time by accelerating learning.  The time spent introducing drama skills is offset by the speed at which students learn information presented [in history, math, science, etc].  Let me give … Read more

Science Integrated Drama Lesson

Science Integrated Drama Lesson

Drama Lesson Integrated with Science Overview: this drama lesson demonstrates tailoring the Body Objects activity for science. This FREE lesson steps you through an acting story with a focus on science.  The emphasis is on the question: “How can we use our bodies to show what we know about story and habitats?”  This lesson provides teaching tips, assessments and … Read more

Language Arts Integrated Drama Lesson

Language Arts Integrated Drama Lesson

Drama Lesson Integrated with Language Arts Overview: this drama lesson demonstrates tailoring the Body Objects activity for language arts learning. This FREE lesson steps you through an acting story with a focus on language arts.  The emphasis is on the question: “What impact do details have on creating and communicating ideas?”  This lesson provides teaching tips, assessments and further … Read more