Let’s talk about the easiest way to boost student engagement.
When I was a little girl, I spent a lot of time playing outside under a forsythia bushes. Usually, I pretended I was an orphan. (I have no idea why.) I’d scrape a place in the dirt for my “kitchen” and another place for my “bed”. Usually, I did this in the freezing cold of early spring. I’d play out there for hours until my toes nearly froze solid finally giving in and heading to the warm confines of our big old house.
As you can tell, I am a naturally imaginative person. Are you? I bet so. In fact, all of us are to some extent. and the only thing that really holds us back is a mindset that we aren’t so.
Although I have one friend who says she has a terrible imagination and thinks would be a terrible actress because she freezes on a stage. (That, for your information, has nothing to do with being imaginative.) She says the same thing about her singing and dancing.
That’s a real pity in my book. Had she learned through drama integration when she was a student, I think she would see how creative she really is.
The Easiest Way to Boost Student Engagement
I feel badly for her when she says this, because she is very creative! She is an excellent cook and has a beautiful decorated home. However even with those talents, she doesn’t think she’s creative.
She asked me what I think about when I perform a character who sings. That’s an easy answer for me, “I pretend I’m the character and I imagine the audience is a place where I could sing without anyone around or anyone who would judge me.” That is one of the reasons I love theater as much as I do–it’s a heady feeling to know people are accepting you as you share a little bit of yourself (your psyche) with them.
What is Drama Integration?
What is drama integration?
As I was crafting this blog, I wanted to use other peoples’ defense about drama integration so you know it’s just not me who thinks this. I ran onto Prague Youth Theater’s site and it says,
“Using drama to teach ‘core’ subjects such as maths, science and English can not only boost students’ speaking, listening and comprehension skills, it can also encourage children to have a more confident and curious approach to learning, which can be especially beneficial to those who may struggle with aspects of the curriculum.
Using drama activities and methods in teaching can contribute to an exciting learning environment, and can make even the scary or boring aspects of learning more approachable and engaging. It might mean that teachers place a larger emphasis upon ‘doing’ rather than memorizing, allowing students to engage with the subject in a more collaborative and hands-on manner through reading scripts, storytelling and acting out historical events or even scientific and geographical processes!”
My tips to boost student engagement
After thirty-eight years of teaching theater to thousands of students, grades 2 to 12, I have learned through trial and error how to create a “special sauce” to boost student engagement.
I don’t think anyone who teaches much more than three years doesn’t master how to reach students, but my methods are different and what makes my lessons unique as well.
Here’s a tip when integrating drama. When you are teaching, you need to do more than check off a list of activities which originate from theater. You need to study it!
I can help you with that. I have an on-line course which teaches you how to use drama integration in your classroom. In particular, I share how using a partiular genre of theater can reach many students of any grade level.
You may wonder what makes it magical. I wish I could share that with you here, but that would spoil all the fun. Huh?
Check out this page for more information: 3 Little Known Secrets to Boost Student Engagment in the Classroom When You’re Tried Everything Else.
In this one hour FREE webinar, I’ll share three of my tips and the reasons they work every time. If you didn’t catch that–I said EVERYTIME!
You’re in luck, because I have one webinar left–Wednesday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m. I’m sure I’ll have more in the near future, so check back here or better yet, join my email list!
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How do you engage your students? I’d love to hear from you. Comment here or email me at DhcBaldwin@gmail.com