Real-world Theater Education, chapter 3. Preparing for the first Day of School.
* This post is from reading Real -world Theater Education by Chip Rome, Zoe Dillard and making notes of personally impressive content.
what to teach And when? Although this is not the focus of this text, we have a few thoughts. Your school system may have study programs that identify what to teach each year, but cannot determine which plays to use and how to proceed. By researching what scripts and texts your predecessors left behind, you can make specific choices about the material you have.
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As artistic individualists, we are all unique. We all excel in drama classes or drama courses. Sometimes talent and creativity actually seem to be linked to high-functioning students struggling with disabilities, including ADHD, ADD, Asperger's Syndrome, or other learning challenges that may qualify them for support services at school. Above all, it is important to create an atmosphere of acceptance and encouragement in the classroom.
Additionally, students with hearing or visual processing difficulties may find themselves becoming the first cast member out of the book, having already learned how to compensate by developing excellent memory. Encouragement and patience are powerful educational tools. Students receiving special education needs the least restrictive environment possible to access the curriculum.
Skill drama classes can be difficult for students with physical disabilities. Safety is of the utmost importance in this case.
It's worth remembering that tough moments with students can actually mask very different issues they may be struggling with, from bullying right under your nose to divorce or other family situations you may never know about. Showing interest in the underlying issues without digging will not only alleviate classroom problems, but can also help you become a life-saving anchor in the troubled waters of your teen years. There is no place for bullying in the theater space.
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