drama in the classroom


In the video Teaching Theatre, two specialists work on basic theatre skills with children of various ages, and use theatre education as a gateway to other kinds of learning. At Lusher Alternative Elementary School in New Orleans, Amanda Newberry’s lesson in improvisation with a third–grade class stimulates students’ imagination, heightens language and listening skills, and encourages critical thinking. At Barney Ford Elementary School in Denver, George Jackson teaches basic movement skills to a first–grade class, invites fourth–graders to take center stage as they explore a script, and works with fifth–graders to create masks that reveal inner feelings. In the first part of the Teaching Theatre video, the drama teacher responds to the students’ responses with continual questioning. She felt that asking questions allowed students to develop characters more completely. Was the questioning beneficial? How would you feel if it was directed at you? The teacher in Denver tailored his activities to different age groups and taught drama in a setting separate from the classroom. In New Orleans, the drama teacher worked right in the classroom. Do you feel that a separate drama class is more beneficial, or do you feel that incorporating drama into your classroom curriculum is more beneficial? Why?http://www.learner.org/libraries/artsineveryclassroom/video5.html

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