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 learning Drama and to make the process of learning work … Continue reading Drama Subject Specific Skills
Welcome to the first part of a series of articles on skills in Drama. In this first article we are going to look what we mean by the words knowledge and skills. Continue reading Knowledge and skills in Drama
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?
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?
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