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I know what it is like to be a beginning teacher. It can be anxiety ridden.
If you are like me, you suffer from Imposter Syndrome, too. Even now, I have to remind myself I was a drama teacher
and director for thirty-eight years. I know what I am doing…..
We, drama teachers, aren’t as fortunate as some. Some subjects have everything laid out for them and that’s great.
Drama is different.
We might have a smattering of books, but a conscientious teacher needs many resources to help them.
When I began teaching drama, I worked from what I was trained to do—what I knew was college-level acting classes.
It took quite some time to discover my own teaching style–hands-on, games as learning tools, plenty of fun and laughs. That’s me.
Later, when I studied for my Masters in Education (creative arts learning focus), we developed lessons using the arts
to teach the core subjects. That was cool, but they weren’t really what I needed. Then these lessons evolved from that time.
Two years later, a new middle school was being built in our community. I became the first sixth-grade drama teacher in the school system.
Exciting, yes. Challenging? You bet. In one year, I taught over 400 sixth graders in twenty-five day rotations. What made this challenging was not the students, but the breadth of resources I needed. I mean, you can’t teach the same thing over and over seven times each year.
In May when everyone else was planning end of school activities, I was teaching about drama for the eighth time that year.
Over the next twelve years, I perfected my curriculum.
Jigsaw Puzzle Stories
One of my favorite tools is postcards. You can use postcards for a host of lessons–storytelling, movement, playwriting, scene development and improvisation.
Here is a free lesson I created for Teacherspayteachers.com.
It’s called Jigsaw Puzzle Postcard Stories. Check it out here: Jigsaw Puzzle Postcard Stories
Here is free one on Audra McDonald
If you go to the site, you’ll find this and other lessons (several free) which might be of use to you. I have created over 195 drama education products!
Check them out: Dramamommaspeaks Store
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