• Nine Tips for Putting on a Play

    Are you in charge of putting on a short play with children or teens? Even if you have a background in theatre, this may be a daunting task. Here are a few tips to help you succeed!

  • Ten Mistakes Most Drama Teachers Make

    Whether in a classroom, rehearsal, or the audience, traditions and rules make theatre experiences more enjoyable for all. Begin the year by introducing theatre etiquette and establishing classroom agreements.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 5 Creative Back-to-School Drama Activities

    If you are new to teaching drama, these activities will help set the tone for a successful drama class experience. If you have been teaching for years, the activities on this list can help you feel inspired by trying something new!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Janea Dahl

Janea Dahl, author and founder of Drama Notebook, shares her insights, encouragement and philosophy with you. With a BA in theatre and countless hours teaching public school students in her award winning workshops each year; she has the knowledge and resources to lead you on your way!