- Original Welcome
- Why Drama?
- Drama and Development
- The Basics
- Example Lesson
- Second Example
"I can teach them
math until I am blue in the face, but this [theatre experience] is
what they will hold in their hearts years from now." - Anonymous
Please read this first: These
research pages represent work that was done in 2002 as a defense of theater
in an educational environment. The research became the original primary
draw for this website. All of the pages are presented in their original
form, and are best read in order starting with
to a resource for teaching drama in the traditional classroom!
Lately this page has been getting more attention than I intended,
but please feel free to browse through here. Experienced drama
teachers may want to jump to Web
Resources, while teachers new to drama will want to start
at the beginning of this discussion.
This page is designed to provide the groundwork
for teachers looking to deepen the educational experience in their
classroom, and to help teachers who are looking for new ways to
reach their students in mainstream subjects. The focus of this
site is to provide a basic understanding of the mechanics of classroom
drama how to apply it to your classroom. How can we as educators
can best address different learning styles and modalities within
our classrooms, and how does drama affect the development of the
- A history teacher
greets the class dressed as William Churchill and begins to
lead them through a guided improvisation in which they discuss
battle tactics for World War II.
- A home economics
teacher begins a unit on cooking by having students pretend
to be chefs on a television show.
- A mathematics teacher
begins a unit on binomial probability by having students create
short scenes and give the probability of the outcome.
- An elementary school
teacher begins the days lesson by leading the class through
an improvisation activity involving the characters from The
Sky is Falling.
of these teachers have done something in common: they've found
basic ways of teaching that integrate drama into their lesson
plans. In this site we're going to take a quick look at doing
just that - introducing ways of using drama to teach mainstream
lessons. Odds are that, like these teachers, you have already
dabbled in the basics of classroom drama, now it's time to take
that a step farther.
Imagine this: One day you're looking out
at your classroom. Students are gazing out the window, passing
notes, whispering to each other. You prepare to present the day's
lesson in mathematics or geography, but the students just aren't
listening. Two ESL students are watching you with uncomprehending
stares. And to add to the general chaos, the new transfer student
is not only shy and hiding in the back of your room, but learning
disabled. How on earth are you going to get through this day?
Then it hits you, the solution: integrate
the same methods of teaching employed by arts teachers. Use drama
to reach your students! In one lesson plan, you've suddenly found
the way to reach an entire class full of students with a wide variety
of learning styles and educational backgrounds.
Click here to
get started or follow the links above.