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Teaching Drama to Mixed Ages

In January I will be teaching a drama class for grades K-5. In the past I taught K-2 or 3-5 – now they are combining all the grades together. Do you have any advice on how to plan out the class so that I have appropriate games for all of the ages?

2024-04-11T21:34:07+00:00By |Advice Column|

Teaching Drama To Shy Students

Let me start off by saying that I do not actually believe that there is such a thing as a ‘shy’ child. There are students who are cautious about joining in or performing right away. These are often the kids who are outgoing and creative at home, but who take a lot of time to warm up to others in groups.

2024-04-11T21:33:09+00:00By |Advice Column|

Tribute to My Mentor

It feels appropriate that my first blog on Drama Notebook is a tribute to my mentor, Dr. Tom Gressler. He’s a wiry little man with wild white hair and piercing blue eyes. He looks like Einstein…or a magician, and he has the creative genius and magical ways about him to match.

2024-04-11T21:32:47+00:00By |Advice Column|

Classroom Management for Drama

I am very happy to reach your platform. I am Corine, initially a social worker and a stage director, I am very recently teaching drama in a school – for kids grade 1 to 5. Unfortunately, these kids have focus problems, catching their attention and triggering their interest is very hard.

2024-04-27T20:14:33+00:00By |Advice Column|

Teaching Drama to New Grade Levels

I’m getting ready to teach two elementary drama classes that start after the first of the year. I have taught a little high school drama but this is my first venture with elementary students. I will have a 2-3 grade class and a 5-6 grade class of about 16 students each. My objective is to have a lot of fun and prepare a short play (about 15 minutes) for each class to present. I will take any suggestions you may have to offer!

2024-04-11T21:35:59+00:00By |Advice Column|

Teaching Drama to At-Risk Youth

I’ve been asked by the local education office here in south west Ireland to teach drama to at-risk youth in a local outreach centre. Youth Reach helps kids with problems such as substance abuse, literacy problems and basically kids who have slipped through the cracks in our education system.

2024-04-11T21:36:20+00:00By |Advice Column|

Drama Ideas for Middle School Camps

I work for a nonprofit organization in Cleveland that works with low-income middle school students. I have worked with them for a year as a drama teacher, and I have taught three different sessions of drama. I have used up almost all of my drama ideas, and since I will be teaching almost all of the same kids again this summer, I am trying to find new, creative ideas to keep them engaged.

2024-04-11T21:36:45+00:00By |Advice Column|