Drama – Why It’s Important Arts Education – vital for holistic education Often forgotten. It has been proven to improve achievement in literacy and numeracy. Not all kids are pen/paper learners. I recommend reading “Champions of Change.” Teacher fear – “oh no, they’re out of their seats!” SO...
What Are We Currently Using? Blogging – class and individual. Digital Portfolio – Google Docs Trial – collaborative script writing. Radio Plays Using Audacity.
Video/The Connected Classroom Xtra-normal. Webcame on DET laptop. Filming performances and writing critiques. Consider buddying up with another school and performing over the video conferencing network.
Role Play in English & Maths Sometimes good old fashioned ideas help. These are great for both primary and high school: Dress up and present a short monologue as your character. Create a set box for a scene in a book you’re reading together. Create the shapes you are learning about in maths. Practise counting money and numbers by having kids form groups. From here get the kids to work together on a group problem.
For The Science, PE, HSIE Teachers Re-enact a scientific experiment. Become the different metals, chemicals and show the reaction physically without words. Role play risk taking situations and how they can be avoided. In HSIE pick a historic event and imagine you are journalists at a press conference covering the event.
Different Learning Styles Remember that not all kids are pen and paper learners. If you’re having trouble engaging kids these ideas might be a good way to encourage them to take a renewed interest in your subject. Consider visiting: Curriculum Support – not just for DET teachers. Improvisation Encyclopedia – Google it. Great games. http://www.drama-teaching.com
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