PED 2140 D Session 2 Drama January 20 th 2012. Thoughts/questions about engaging students through the arts? Turn and talk for 2 minutes then be prepared to share your thoughts. Drama has been described as ‘the great interrogator’... Why?.
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PED 2140 D
January 20th 2012
Thoughts/questions about engaging students through the arts?
Turn and talk for 2 minutes then be prepared to share your thoughts.
Drama has been described as ‘the great interrogator’... Why?
You have 3 minutes, on your own, to think of ways to use drama as a vehicle to explore the subject you have in your hand.
Find others in the room with the same subject and share your ideas. Create a ‘master’ list of ideas.
To break down barriers, to create community...
In order to engage with drama in the classroom there must be trust.
Everyone has to feel comfortable, safe and included.
Drama games – age and maturity level do count!
So, we’re all comfy and safe – now what do we teach!!
3 overall expectations
Creating and Presenting
Reflecting, Responding and Analysing
Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts
How are these different grade to grade?
Time and place
Drama requires the students (and teacher) to question and to explore beneath the surface... It requires students responses to be deeper than the regurgitation of information. Drama requires the exploration of the world and the people, places and things within it. Drama requires that students build on their innate creativity... not accept pat answers.
Art at the Heart, A Practical Guide to Dance and Drama in Elementary Schools.
Where do I start?
Gr. 1 - demonstrate understanding of the element of character by adopting thoughts, feelings and gestures relevant to the role being played.
Gr. 6 - build belief in a role and establish its dramatic context.
Gr. 1 - plan and shape dramatic play by building on the ideas of others
Gr. 6 - plan and shape the direction of the drama or role play by introducing new perspectives and ideas
If you had been working on a role play exercise with your class, what questions might you ask in order to extend their thinking about relationship as an element of drama?
Pick a grade, review how relationship is defined for that grade... So, what questions might you ask?
Time and place:
Establishing time and place –
Production – is ‘stuff’ necessary?
Tension, focus emphasis:
Check out the grades
You Can't Handle The Truth - YouTube.flv
How does this clip make you feel?
Does it remind you of any other movie or story?
If you were directing the scene is there anything you would change?
Does this remind you of anything in real life?
2 minutes, how many forms of drama can you identify?
Links to social studies?
Autobiography in 5 short chapters
To script or not to script...
‘It is not recommended that students at the elementary level be given instruction in formal drama or theatre techniques (e.g. memorizing scripts ...)’
The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1 – 8, The Arts
Props and tools:
You will need to bring scissors, pencils, probably markers... We are going to create some visual art and if you would like to work in a particular medium you may want to bring some
Consider drying time...