Drama Tools & Adaptations
Our Using Drama for Learning specialists share unique adaptations of the drama tools teachers have come up with over the course of the program.
Three Panels for Inclusivity
Drama Exercise: 3 Panels Adaptation to Curriculum: Sensitivity towards the differently-abled (Inclusivity) Teacher: Priti Shinde Grade: 2 School: Nahar International School, Mumbai The Exercise Each participant is given a […]
Name and Action Exemplar
Tool for Early and Primary Years Teachers Name and Action Skills Cultivated: Building Personal Identities for the group Thinking and responding quickly. Using the body to expression Encouraging Verbal […]
Dog and the Bone – Phonics Pond
Skills Cultivated: Focus Thinking and responding quickly Exercise Description Dog and the Bone is a well known children’s game. You place an object between two groups. Each person in […]
Bippity Bippity Bop for English
Drama Exercise: Bippity Bippity Bop
Adaptation to Curriculum: To teach synonyms and antonyms
Teacher: Suheena Bandopadhyay
School: Oakridge International School, Bangalore
Hot Seating for Geometry
Drama Exercise: Hot Seating
Adaptation to Curriculum: To revise theorems
Teacher: Sanjukta Chatterjee
School: The Heritage School, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
Salt and Pepper
A great tool that primary teachers can use for
- Body warm-up
- Pair Work
- Introduction to thinking with your body
- Making physical contact in a positive way (good touch)
Historical Figures through Character Study
Co-Planned with History, this tool can be used to teach drama concepts:
- Character study research exercise.
- World of the character.
- Visualisation and Physicalization.
Chorus Performance: Exploring Poetic Expression
An Exemplar Unit to learn Drama Concepts
- Synchronized moving and speaking
- Spatial awareness
- Group Listening and Collective Imagination
- Ranges – Volume, Vocal Tone, etc
This is a Ball
A great tune in activity for teachers working with primary students. It helps cultivate skills such as
- giving and receiving
- thinking of possibilities
- rhythm in speech
‘Igniting the senses, using the aesthetic power of drama in the pre-primary classroom’ Our co-founder and director, Jehan Manekshaw, while talking about Drama in the pre-primary classroom at the EducationWorld […]
Sonya Baehr, Vice President, International Drama Theatre and Education Association (IDEA) was the keynote speaker for the “Kids Drama” Symposium in Chengdu, China held on December 1st, 2018. Baehr’s speech […]
What happens when a mathematician and theatre maker are in the same room?
You ask questions. You explore. You derive.You find answers.
Our drama for learning specialist, Srividya Srinivas, shares her experiences and learnings whilst (working remotely and) pursuing her MA in Applied Theatre at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
Timira Gupta, Educator and Arts-Based Therapy practitioner, shares through her experience, how using drama in a pre-primary classroom is a practical mode to achieve all four areas of child’s development – physical, intellectual, social and emotional.
Our director and co-founder, Jehan Manekshaw, shares some of the gems from the 13th TAISI Leadership Conference that he attended from 27th to 29th September, 2018.
Foremost voice coach and acting trainer, Patsy Rodenburg speaks of the “Second Circle” – the circle of presence, immediacy, and being connected to what we are doing in the here and now.
Jehan Manekshaw, Co-Founder Theatre Professionals reveals how Drama in Education benefits learners, teachers, and the wider school stakeholder community. He shares findings of the latest success stories of drama based school improvement programmes from across the world
Tasneem Fatehi, Co-Founder Theatre Professionals shares her thoughts on anchoring social and emotional intelligence, future readiness, and academic excellence in the 6th, 7th and 8th grades through Drama in Education.
Bullying is a form of violent behavior that has a markedly negative effect on many aspects of the daily lives of thousands of children. Through a literature review, the present […]
Schools improve through drama
In this school-wide initiative, drama-in-education specialists Jonathan Neelands and Rachel Dickenson took Shelton Primary School through a complete transformation at all levels, management, academic leadership, teachers, parents and learners.
“The drama initiative has involved staff in openly taking risks together and the collegial approach has increased respect among teachers, school leaders and parents.
“Because parents have discussed drama with their children and been involved in workshops, they feel involved in the aims and objectives of the programme.”
“Increased confidence and skill in using questioning and learning through discovery allows teachers to give greater responsibility to pupils for the direction of their learning.”
Improve Your Primary School Through Drama, Jonothan Neelands and Rachel Dickinson, David Fulton Publishers, 2006