Creative Directions staff member Karen L. Erickson leads a drama activity with kindergarteners at School of Saints Faith, Hope & Charity in Winnetka, IL.
|"I learned about the actors' tools: mind, body, and voice. I learned the skills of acting. I learned to cooperate with others"
|- Isaac, 4th grade
Working in the Classroom
These programs are designed to introduce both students and teachers to drama. Our staff will demonstrate the techniques with your students, while simultaneously providing hands-on opportunities for you to develop your own skills as a facilitator of classroom drama.
Our residencies are built for individual school needs and interests. All residencies include planning, reflection, and often a professional development workshop. To get you started, here are three sample outlines of the types of residencies we typically offer.
Through skill building activities and story drama, students will learn to use and demonstrate the basic tools and skills of the art form. Discipline based objectives will be taught as well as self-management and interpersonal objectives. The ultimate goal is for student imagination, planning, and collaboration to be the basis for creating classroom dramas. Through a similar hands-on process, teachers will learn, experience, and observe the basic teaching techniques and management strategies for implementing drama in the general classroom.
The intermediate residency maintains a focus on student learning in the art form, but also moves the classroom teacher from the role of observer to “drama teacher.” Classroom visits and planning sessions will focus on mentoring the teacher through the process of planning and delivering drama. The professional developments and subsequent planning sessions will introduce arts integration and empower teachers to engage student learning across the curriculum.
This residency explores advanced drama techniques associated with Life Drama, which is a natural partner for integrating with non-fiction text, social studies, and science. The classroom visits continue to advance student drama skills through story drama and Life Drama. Students will make connections between drama, other curricular areas, and real life. In the planning and professional development sessions, teachers will learn the necessary strategies for planning and delivering Life Drama; continue integrated lesson/unit development; and explore the basic tools for arts assessment.
Contact us for more information, or to set up a residency.