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back to school using drama

Back to School using DRAMA

School is starting soon, or for some of you, it has already begun.  Don’t forget to plan drama into your weekly routine - plan to go back to school using drama.  This article provides some ideas to help you kick off the year.  Also, don’t ...
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respectful feedback in the classroom

Classroom Management: Respectful Feedback in the Classroom

For my next article in the continuing conversation on Classroom Management in Drama, I will address respectful feedback in the classroom. Teachers have posed many questions to us concerning management techniques. I will answer this and then request other ideas from this community. The questions ...
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anti-bullying

Toward a Peaceful, Anti-Bullying Classroom

Many educators have requested some deeper thinking about Character Education and Anti-Bullying in regards to drama teaching.  I want to start a discussion here.  Please add your thoughts to the conversation Toward a Peaceful, Anti-Bullying Classroom Building character and working toward peaceful, harmonious classrooms, void ...
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improv scenes

Classroom Management: Improv Scenes

For my next article in Classroom Management, I will discuss improv scenes and student engagement.  Teachers have posed many questions to us concerning management techniques.  I will answer this and then request other ideas from this community.  The questions are stated exactly as they have ...
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the bystander

The Bystander

This being a month that focuses on the subject of bullying, I wanted to address a sometimes forgotten role in a bullying situation: the bystander.  In speaking with a group of middle schoolers recently, I was reminded by them of some of the reasons they ...
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Five Approaches to Improvisation

Five Approaches to Improvisation

What is improvisation?   And what is the best way to introduce and use it in our classrooms? So many of us engage students in improvisation without considering the many variations of improvisational drama work available to us, or how tailoring the type of improvisation to ...
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drama stories for partners

Drama Stories for Partners

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 ...
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Classroom Management: Structure in Kindergarten Drama

Classroom Management: Structure in Kindergarten Drama

This is my next article in Classroom Management is on structure in kindergarten drama.  Teachers have posed many questions to us concerning management techniques.  I will answer this and then request other ideas from this community.  The questions are stated exactly as they have been presented ...
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The I'm Done Student

Classroom Management: The “I’m Done” Student

This is my next article in this conversation about Classroom Management in Drama.  Teachers have posed many questions to us concerning management techniques.  I will answer this and then request other ideas from this community.  The questions are stated exactly as they have been presented to me.  ...
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Karen doing class closure

Classroom Management: Class Closure

Let’s continue the conversation about Classroom Management in Drama.  Teachers have posed many questions to us concerning management techniques.  I will answer this and then request other ideas from this community.  The questions are stated exactly as they have been presented to me.  I will do my ...
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