In these strange and unusual times we are being asked to teach, or at least provide, lessons remotely. Such a task comes with complex issues about how to get your work to students, how to communicate with them and how to provide feedback to them. As I have the time to do so, I thought I’d write an article on how we can approach teaching remotely.
I think we do our subject a massive disservice by defending it all the time by referring to these skills as a purpose of studying Drama. It builds a false understanding of the subject in the students minds and creates a divide between the students expectations of the subject and the realities of how it is taught and, more importantly, assessed. Continue reading Part 3: Don’t sell Drama on Soft Skills
Welcome back to the second part of this series on skills in Drama. In part one we began by looking at the definitions of knowledge and skills and exploring the differences between them. In this article we are going to look at the skills that are important in the study of Drama. The key to … Continue reading Drama Subject Specific Skills
Who has been using booklets? Who has always used booklets? They are something that has gone and out of fashion more times that I can remember. I’ve used them, abandoned them, seen them used in other schools successfully, brought them back, abandoned them again! Continue reading Why should you use Booklets in your lesson?
90’s, Edward Hall’s Propeller Theatre has been taking their physical, radical and often outrageous approach to performing Shakespeare. Having won a vast array of awards over the last 30 thirty years, their productions are powerful, visceral and hard-hitting. Their work is a mix of rigorous text work and modern physical theatre. They have been influenced by mask work, animation, film and music from all ages. Continue reading Working with Propeller Theatre
Drama as a subject in Secondary School is not a pedagogy. It is not there to develop confidence, group work or communication skills. We teach Drama so that students can have a lifelong love of theatre, film and television. Continue reading Is a knowledge rich curriculum detracting from what we can achieve in Drama?
Getting students to work with lighting can sometimes be very daunting and difficult. There is a big jump between simply designing what you want from a lighting design on a piece of paper, to actually using the lanterns and creating lighting states. Here are five activities that will help you make the jump into getting students to work realistically and productively with lanterns and lighting states. Continue reading Shining a light onto Lighting Design
Students in Key Stage 2 and 3 may find it easier to take on a role and play with it, but many find it hard to take it to the next level and really get into character. So here are five suggestions of activities to help younger students to engage with creating a stronger character for performance. Continue reading Simple steps to help younger students create a character
What should we be teaching when we teach Drama as a subject at Secondary School? What is Drama? What is Theatre? Are the two related? Should we limit the scope of our subject to Theatre? Why should be teach Drama? Continue reading What does it mean to teach Drama in Secondary School?
As we start the new term Burt’s Drama will continue to be here for you, providing free weekly articles with practical, helpful and useful advice on all things teaching Drama. Having published the book The Drama Teacher’s Handbook in June last year, I’m also offering online CPD alongside the usual free articles. Continue reading Back to school means back to our Drama Studios
When planning what to teach next year and any potential change, it is important to consider the boundaries, limitations and potential scope of what you can do. These may be boundaries that are placed by your circumstances or the situation with Drama in your school. Not all of us live in an ideal world where we can do everything we would want, so it is important that we understand the parameters of what we can do. Continue reading 6 Things to consider when planning for next year
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