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Learning Through Drama- ignite the flame

Drama education provides opportunities for pursuing learning through inquiry. While providing students with knowledge, skills and opportunity to engage in dramatic arts, we also build community and skills for inquiry learning across the curriculum.
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paulette alcox

on 24 July 2013

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Transcript of Learning Through Drama- ignite the flame

but a fire
The mind is not
a vessel
Plutarch, 45-125 AD
to be filled,
to be kindled
"The trouble with a lot of learning in schools is that it assumes that students learn by simply absorbing what they’re told. But human beings do not learn passively; they have the capacity to interpret, transform and build on what they learn. Without the opportunity to interact with ideas, students are likely to switch off."
-This book is not about drama... it is about new ways to inspire students, Page 9
Inquiry learning through drama is about building new knowledge
VTS + hotseating
“These ideas have significance for students at every stage of education. Role play offers
opportunities for students to try on personae
, try out behavior, assume ways of speaking, confront imaginary situations, and negotiate the development of these scenarios with their peers.”
-This book...Page 15
Learning through Drama...
...ignite the fire!
Inquiry learning through drama engages students in multiple and diverse ways of exploring
“Drama and role play can be seen as techniques of imagination- they enable inexperienced readers to be part of a story, to
know it from the inside
…. Once readers have ‘lived through’ a text this way, they know it differently and can talk and think about it more feelingly, and with more authority.” -This book, Page 9
Inquiry learning through drama is a dynamic process .
This emphasis on getting out of their seats, on moving around, and of
learning with the body as well as the head
, was a key element in students' enjoyment of drama....The movement is part of the learning and enriches the learning.
-This book, Page 6
Inquiry learning through drama develops social and collaborative skills.
“Any class is potentially a close community, a community of learners. Teachers can bring about a sense of community in their class by
creating regular opportunities for students to negotiate, collaborate, and share
their learning. The cultivation of this kind of
community learning spirit can transform the social atmosphere
of the class creating a very positive environment.” -This book...Page 5
drama games
Tableau
Improvisation
Carousel
Whole group role play
Inquiry learning through drama is driven by student curiosity. It puts students' questions, ideas and theories at the centre of learning.
“…we construct drama
through the integration of factual information with imaginative creations
. All stories of history do that every time a conversation is written, because, of course, no one was present to record exactly what was said. By locating information about a particular time or the people who lived then, or by revisiting an event or a place,
students can be the authoritative voices: those with the knowledge
. They can try on the Mantle of the Expert, and the drama can develop around them.” Page 102
Mantle of the Expert
Solving Problems
Empowering Thinking
"Sometimes the creative process is more about asking the right questions than it is about finding the right answers."
-The Arts Curriculum, page 19
" A setting that is conducive to creativity is one in which students are not afraid to suggest alternative ideas, and take risks."
-The Arts Curriculum, Page 19
The arts are a way of knowing that provides ways of perceiving, interpreting, organizing, and questioning various aspects of our world through exploration and experimentation."
-The Arts Curriculum, Page 4
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