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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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idea creation

Classroom Management: Idea Creation

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 newsletter community and on our blog.  The questions are stated exactly as they have been ...
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wall assessment

Rubric on the Wall Assessment

Participatory Drama Rubric, aka "Rubric on the Wall Assessment"Assessment in the arts can be spontaneous and interactive while providing the teacher or leader with clear collectable data. One of my favorite formative assessment strategies that challenges students to self-assess, gets participants moving in many directions, and ...
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managing misbehavior

Managing Misbehavior in Drama

A Management Approach to Redirect Misbehaving Actions in Drama.Young children need a way to recognize incorrect behavior choices while also feeling in control in the classroom.  So much misbehavior arrives from young people- Feeling out of control- Needing attention from peers- Fear of physical, emotional, ...
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Assessing Student Participation

Assessing Student Participation

A teacher recently posed a question to me regarding assessing student participation in class.“What is the best way to get students to speak up in class and how should that be evaluated?”A fellow colleague recommended that he should score students on the number of times ...
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crafting assessments

The Art of Words in Crafting Assessments

As artists we know words can be very powerful.  They move us to tears, bring us a smile or two, and paint vivid pictures in our minds.  We labor over the right adverb, the right character name, the right phrase that completes a lyrical line, ...
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