The reality is that most teachers who are experienced in drama end up teaching in specialized programs or in private school settings. This leaves teachers with no training trying to teach an unfamiliar subject.
With a subject like drama, having a teacher who is comfortable with the subject matter is key.
Key Resources for Teaching Drama
Improv activities will make your drama lessons better There is a very common misconception that teaching elementary drama is all about kids reading from a script. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen pre-made drama rubrics that focus on things like “memorizing your lines”. Oof. Friends, I don’t know where you are, but […]
Tableaux is a drama term that you may have heard before, even if you aren’t an experienced drama teacher. But what is it really, and how can you use it effectively in your drama activities and lessons? What is tableau? Tableau is essentially a freeze-frame of a scene. Instead of the characters moving, each actor […]
Drama lesson plans for Kindergarten to Grade 2 Teaching drama to very young children can be a huge challenge, especially if you don’t have prior drama experience. Students in Kindergarten and grade 1 generally aren’t able to read well enough to follow a script. Some teachers try to use reader’s theatre at this age, but […]
Looking for elementary Christmas concert themes for your school? Here are some ideas for Christmas concert themes that are simple to put together, yet are interesting and original. Click here if you’re looking for Christmas Concert Song ideas for your class, rather than the whole school. Why choose Christmas concert themes? When you don’t choose a theme […]
Lighting When you are lighting the stage, be aware that lights need to come from the FRONT in order for us to see a child’s face, not from above, beside, or behind. If you are lucky enough to have a stage at your school, the “working lights” that are on the ceiling of the stage […]
Tips on Christmas Concert Organization & Logistics Keep the concert length manageable. No matter what, your concert must be kept to a reasonable length. For an elementary school concert I recommend no more than an hour. Keeping the length reasonable is important for holding the attention of your audience, but also for keeping your students […]