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I know what it is like to be a beginning teacher. We drama teachers aren’t as fortunate as some.
When I began teaching drama, I worked from what I was trained to do. And 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.
When I studied for my masters in education (creative arts learning focus), we created many lessons using the arts to teach the core subjects. That was cool, but not really what I needed.
Two years later, a new middle school was being built in our community and I became the first sixth grade drama teacher in the school system.
Exciting, yes. Challenging? You bet.
Over the next twelve years, I perfected my curriculum. 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.
If you go to their site, you’ll find other lessons which might be of use to you.
Check them out here: