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Establishing Trust With Your Students

Students rely on their teachers to impart lessons with confidence, understanding, and kindness. They need to feel safe in their classroom to learn, make mistakes, fail, and try again. In short: students need to trust their teacher. But trust isn’t so easily earned, especially if you’re a new teacher. Students don’t know anything about you, […]
Tags: Theatre, Establishing Trust, Teaching Drama, Trust Building, New Drama Teachers

Creating Connection With Your Students

There’s a noticeable positive energy in a classroom where there is a genuine connection between the students and the teacher. Students are engaged in the lesson and well-behaved. Students who feel seen, heard, respected and understood are much more likely to participate on a deeper level, absorb lessons more thoroughly, take more risks in class, […]
Tags: Theatre, Connection, Teaching Drama, New Drama Teachers

Methods of Teaching Theatre: A Teacher Toolkit

Whether you’re a new drama teacher or new to teaching drama, you’ll encounter many challenges in your first few years. Methods of Teaching Theatre: A Teacher Toolkit by Matt Webster is designed to help you be ready before a student ever walks through the door, as well as give you fundamental building blocks to plan […]
Tags: Theatre, Teaching Drama, Toolkit, Teacher resources, Matt Webster, New Drama Teachers, Teaching Resources, Methods Of Teaching Theatre

Developing Classroom Routines and Systems

Classroom routines and systems help students and teachers alike feel organized and secure. There’s something comforting about knowing what is expected, what happens next, and what the general structure of class will be, even if students don’t yet know what the lesson is going to be about.  Classroom routines and systems also help students shift […]
Tags: Theatre, Routines, Teaching Drama, Classroom Management

Advice for New Drama Teachers Series: Planning Ahead

Welcome to a new year, drama educators! If you’re new to teaching drama — whether you’re an experienced educator who has changed departments or you’re a brand-new teacher — we are so happy you’re here with us. You’re part of a special group of teachers and we’re here to lift you up and help you […]
Tags: Advice, Theatre, Planning, Teaching Drama, New Drama Teachers

Your Drama Classroom Wish List

Some of the most interesting and creative theatre has been made without anything other than the brains and imaginations of groups of people. But having some fresh new tools, resources, and equipment in your drama classroom can really help to engage your students and help them take their creativity to new levels. With your students, […]
Tags: Theatre, Wishlist, Teaching Drama, Drama Classroom

Student Monologue Call: Holidays, Celebration and Remembrance

Theatrefolk is seeking monologues from student writers. We are looking for monologues that share YOUR perspective on a holiday or day of remembrance that is important to you. Chosen monologues will be published together in a resource book. Chosen writers will receive $100 for their monologue and a copy of the book.  Writer Criteria The […]
Tags: Theatre, Holiday, Submission, Teaching Drama, Monologue, Student Playwrights, Student Writers

Why Is Reflection Important?

Reflecting is an important tool in the drama classroom, and an essential part of personal growth. If your students ask you why reflections are important, here are five reasons you can give them: 1. Students can contemplate what was taught and work towards applying it. Sometimes students need some time to process the lessons learned […]
Tags: Theatre, Reflection, Teaching Drama

The Reflection Collection: A Round-Up

We are all about reflecting here at Theatrefolk. You’ll notice that the vast majority of exercises and lessons here and in the Drama Teacher Academy include an exit slip or reflection questions. Reflecting helps students in so many ways, including allowing them to pause, think about what they’ve learned, make sense of the material, and relate […]
Tags: Theatre, Reflection, Round-up, Teaching Drama, Drama Teacher Academy

Current Events: Diversity in Theatre Lesson

The following lesson was created for students to discover, appreciate, and display respect for diverse, real-life issues and events in the theatre world. It can be done live in class, assigned as homework, or as part of distance learning. You may wish for students to submit this as a written assignment or create an oral […]
Tags: Theatre, Diversity, Lesson, Current Events, Teaching Drama

Improv Game: Verbal vs. Nonverbal Cues

Have you ever had a conversation with someone and felt like something was off? It might have been because the person you were speaking to was using body language that didn’t match what they were saying. Sometimes someone’s verbal cues (what they’re saying) don’t match their nonverbal cues (what their body is doing — posture, […]
Tags: Theatre, Cues, Theatre Games, Improv, Teaching Drama

Hearing or Listening?

Hearing is a passive, physical act of using the ears to perceive sounds. You can hear without understanding or acknowledging the sounds. Listening, conversely, is an active, internal behaviour, which requires multiple senses and thought. In order to truly listen, you have to pay attention to what the other person is saying. You may have […]
Tags: Theatre, Hearing, Listening, Active Listening, Classroom Exercise, Teaching Drama

Resource: Tons of Opening Line Prompts!

If your students are having a hard time getting their scenes started, we’re here to help with 50 opening line prompts! Use them for scene devising, playwriting exercises, improv games, and more. They’re great for games like Actor Switch or Scenes From a Bag. Print a bunch of prompts out, cut them into slips of paper, […]
Tags: Theatre, Teaching Drama, Writing Prompts, Prompts, Opening Line Prompts

Resource: Tons of Food-Related Prompts

Here at Theatrefolk, we love a good prompt collection! We’ve got outdoor prompts, job/occupation prompts, location prompts, and this collection is all about food! Don’t worry — all of these prompts are school-appropriate, and diet culture-free.  Use the following fifty prompts for improv scenes or playwriting exercises, and you’ll find fifty more prompts in the […]
Tags: Theatre, Teaching Drama, Writing Prompts, Prompts, Food Prompts

Post-Exercise Exercise: Rate Yourself

One of the five categories of social and emotional learning is self-awareness. For students, part of being self-aware includes being able to identify their own levels of effort in exercises, games, and performance assignments in drama class, and then being able to rate and assess their efforts. Do they think they’re giving their best effort, […]
Tags: Theatre, Self-awareness, Rating, Evaluation, Classroom Exercise, Teaching Drama, Social Emotional Learning

Resource: Tons of Location Prompts!

Some improv games call for an action to start the scene, a job or occupation to define a character, or a location to get them started. Here are fifty location prompts you can use to set the scene for your student actors. You can also use them as writing prompts for a playwriting exercise. You […]
Tags: Theatre, Teaching Drama, Writing Prompts, Prompts, Location Prompts

20 Self-Reflection Journal Prompts

Continuing on with our focus on Social and Emotional Learning (check out our other posts about SEL here), this post is filled to the brim with self-reflection journal prompts. Teachers can use these prompts for start-of-class brainstorming, end-of-class exit slips, journaling exercises, or classroom discussion prompts. You can also have students answer the questions as […]
Tags: Theatre, Management, Skills, Awareness, Journal, Teaching Drama, Self Reflection, Prompts

Change the Decision: Analyzing Character Choice

In this article, we’re focusing on responsible decision making, which is one of the five areas of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). If the concept of SEL is new to you, check out this article for a basic overview: Social and Emotional Learning in the Drama Classroom: What Is It?.  Decisions are often what drive […]
Tags: Theatre, Character, Choices, Classroom Exercise, Teaching Drama, SEL, Social Emotional Learning

Round-Up: Theatre Games for Building Relationships

In this round-up post, we’re focusing on relationship skills, which is one of the five areas of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). If the concept of SEL is new to you, check out this article for a basic overview: Social and Emotional Learning in the Drama Classroom: What Is It?.  Here are ten theatre games […]
Tags: Relationships, Theatre, Theatre Games, Round-up, Classroom Exercise, Teaching Drama, SEL, Social Emotional Learning

There’s Always More to the Story: Finding Empathy for the Villain

In this article, we’re focusing on social awareness, which is one of the five areas of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). If the concept of SEL is new to you, check out this article to get a basic overview of it: Social and Emotional Learning in the Drama Classroom: What Is It?.  Social awareness focuses […]
Tags: Theatre, Empathy, Villains, Classroom Exercise, Teaching Drama, Social Awareness, SEL, Social Emotional Learning

Self-Management in the Drama Classroom: Plan, Execute, Reflect

In this article, we’re focusing on self-management, which is one of the five areas of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). If the concept of SEL is new to you, check out this article to get a basic overview: Social and Emotional Learning in the Drama Classroom: What Is It?.  Self-management is the ability to manage […]
Tags: Theatre, Classroom Exercise, Teaching Drama, Self-management, SEL, Social Emotional Learning

Cultivating Self-Awareness in the Drama Classroom

We’re delving more deeply into the five areas of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). If the concept of SEL is new to you, check out this article: Social and Emotional Learning in the Drama Classroom: What Is It?. The first area of SEL we’re focusing on is self-awareness. Self-awareness focuses on recognizing and understanding one’s […]
Tags: Theatre, Self-awareness, Teaching Drama, SEL, Social Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning in the Drama Classroom: What Is It?

The concept of SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) was defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) more than two decades ago to promote equity and excellence in education through social and emotional learning. SEL is defined as: “The process through which students gain and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills […]
Tags: Theatre, Awareness, Emotion, Casel, Classroom Exercise, Teaching Drama, SEL, Social Emotional Learning, Collaborative for Academic Social

Supporting Students Interested in a Career in the Performing Arts

It’s gratifying when a student lets you know that they are interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts. You have clearly made an impact on them, and they’re looking for assistance in taking the next steps. Here are some tips for teachers to help support their students as they begin their journey toward […]
Tags: Career, Arts, Support, Theatre, Teaching Drama

Be human, open, and honest: Using BIPOC material in the classroom

Our 2020-2021 Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Panel shares some thoughts on using BIPOC material (like the monologues in the BIPOC Voices and Perspectives Monologue Resource) in the classroom. And if you’re not, consider the reasons why. What’s stopping you? How can you overcome those obstacles?  1. Do your research. Do your dramaturgy. If you’re […]
Tags: Theatre, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Teaching Drama, Inclusivity, BIPOC, Equity Diversity Inclusion Advisory Panel

Improv Game: Combining Skills

This fun improv game challenges students to work together and think quickly on their feet to create a scene that solves a problem, using skills possessed by characters with different occupations. This game can be played live, in person, or online via distance learning. 1. Have students form groups of three. 2. Give each student […]
Tags: Games, Theatre, Skills, Improv, Distance Learning, Classroom Exercise, Teaching Drama, Improvisation, Occupation

Resource: Tons of Occupation Prompts!

Some improv games call for an action to start the scene, but many improv scenes require a character with a specific job or occupation to get the scene going. Here are fifty gender-neutral occupation prompts that you can use to help your students create some fun characters. Try using them for games like Lines You’re […]
Tags: Theatre, Improv, Resource, Teaching Drama, Occupation, Prompts

Character Analysis: Your Younger Self

We are all about character analysis — it’s a great tool for helping students develop a deeper understanding of characters in plays that they are studying, performing in, or creating. Read on to find four mini exercises that your students can do to analyse a character and come up with interesting backstory details. It’s time […]
Tags: Theatre, Classroom Exercise, Teaching Drama, Classroom Exercises, Character Analysis

Plays & Musicals for Pride Month

If you’re looking for plays and musicals to include in your drama classroom library, look no further — here are 35 plays and musicals featuring LGBTQ+ characters, stories, and themes. Introduce these plays and musicals to your students, read them as a class, and check out performances of them (many have filmed or movie versions).  […]
Tags: Musicals, Theatre, Lgbtq, Plays, Teaching Drama, Pride Month

Creating a Safe Space for Your LGBTQ+ Students

In 2021, you would think we’d be at a point where inclusivity and acceptance are the norm. However, LGBTQ+ students are still frequently the victims of bullying, harassment, and discrimination, and are often made to feel alone, uncomfortable, scared, or unsafe in school. In drama class, we ask our students to open themselves up and […]
Tags: Theatre, Diversity, Lgbtq, Teaching Drama, Representation, Safe Space, Inclusivity, Pride Month

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