Classroom as a Stage: Using Drama in Education Process

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Preparation:

Course organisers will send to the participants list of materials related to the course topic they can read in order to prepare for the course. Organisers will be on stand-by if  participants need any information related to the accommodation, plane tickets or any detail necessary in organising the course.

Course description

The course focuses on using drama as a teaching tool in education. Trainees will improve their theoretical knowledge and expertise in the area of drama. They  will also have a chance to see and try many different methods and activities suitable applying role-playing and other various drama activities  in the classroom. They will also see how to adapt existing tasks and assignments in a way that they suit the needs of mixed ability classes. They will discuss how to experience and perform different roles. Trainees will also learn how to engage students of different profiles in education process.  

 Methodology:

The methodological approach implicates:

  • Team – Building Sessions;
  • Role – Play
  • Mime exercises
  • Ice – Breaking and Warm – Up Sessions;
  • Energisers
  • Group Discussions;
  • Debates;
  • Creation of individual learning pathway for the learners;
  • Problem – Solving Activities;
  • Project – Solving Activities
  • Inquiry – Based Activities
  • Questioning;
  • Goal – Setting sessions;
  • Decision – Making Sessions;
  • Action – Based Strategies;
  • Brainstorming;
  • Star bursting;
  • Planning an Structuring;
  • Negotiation and Persuasion;
  • Self – Motivation Sessions;
  • Questionnaires

Objectives

  • Improving teaching skills
  • Improving communication skills
  • Practicing verbal non-verbal communication
  • Learning how to express feelings
  • Applying drama techniques in different subjects
  • Stimulating learner-based approach in education
  • Solving the conflict resolutions in the classroom through drama activities
  • Enhancing students' motivation through various drama activities

Learning Outcomes

  • Integration with teachers from various European countries
  • Improvement of language and communication skills
  • Increased capacity to cooperate on international level
  • Getting practical ideas for applying in classroom
  • Enhanced intercultural awareness
  • Internationalisation at the level of education
  • Broader understanding of practices, policies and systems in education
  • Bring positive and long-lasting effects on the trainees involved and synergy activities
  • Improve knowledge of best practices and latest research in children’s mental health issues and related fields
  • Enhance diversity and intercultural awareness, critical thinking and cyber media literacy
  • Encouragement of sharing best practices, ideas and materials between colleagues within the EU
  • Improvement of teaching and learning of languages and promotion the EU's broad linguistic diversity and intercultural awareness
  • Improved abilities to use innovative and student-centered pedagogical approaches and to develop appropriate assessment and certification methods, based on learning outcomes
  • Mastery of teaching techniques, e.g. multiple intelligences,editing and structuring reading texts, reinforcement and different approaches to teaching.
  • Acquisition of practical language to be used in the classroom, of new techniques, ideas…
  • Development of tools and techniques for innovative problem solving.
  • Provoking responses to problems which are global rather than provincial in nature and which foster interests in the outside world.
  • Encouraging students to question as a tool of learning.
  • Early identification of risk factors in class, including school climate and developing a safe school
  • Improve competences linked to the trainees’ professional profiles
  • Improve teachers’ confidence in developing appropriate methods within intercultural community
  • Early identification of risk factors and different types of barriers, improve primary, selective and indicated prevention
  • Provide teachers with a bank of ready‐to‐use materials
  • Allow teachers to meet colleagues of different nationalities within the EU, discuss their background and cultural differences, and build a network of teachers for future cooperation and increase capacity to cooperate on international level
  • See and analyze examples of good practice

Follow-up

Trainees will be given soft and hard copies of all lesson materials, which they presenting  to their colleagues at their own organizations to generate interest in 21st-century teaching methods with creative thinking. In addition, a mailing list of participants will be created in order to exchange ideas/experiences. Self-evaluation materials will be provided. At the end of the course the participants will accomplish a questionnaire in order to get a detailed feedback for the effectiveness of the training event.

Programme of training activities day-by-day:

Day 1 – MONDAY

  • Welcome and registration;
  • Introduction to Drama; the History of Drama
  • Drama as an Educational Tool
  • Ways to Use Drama in the Curriculum: Ice – Breakers, Energizers and Warm-ups;
  • The Variety of Role Play in the Classroom

Day 2 – TUESDAY

  • Literature and Drama
  • Selecting a Play and Adapting the Literature Source
  • The Art of Transformation

Day 3 – WENDESDAY

  • Drama Techniques in Language Learning
  • The Benefits of Using Drama in the ESL/EFL Classroom
  • Teaching Grammar and Phonetics with Drama

Day 4 – THURSDAY

  • Drama Strategies and Techniques
         - Storytelling
         - Cross-cutting (Split-screen)
         - Flashbacks and Flash Forwards
         - Forum Theatre
         - Hot Seating
         - Image Theatre

Day 5 – FRIDAY

  • Drama Strategies/Techniques

         - Mantle of the Expert
         - Marking the Moment
         - Narration
         - Open and Close
         - Role on the Wall
         - Soundscape
         - Spotlight
         - Still Images and Freeze Frames

Days 6/7 – SATURDAY and SUNDAY Workshops and Cultural/Sightseeing Activities

Day 8 – Monday

  • Drama in Different School Subjects – Math, Geography,
  • Workshop: Directing and Performing Plays with Students of Different Grades
  • Learning (through) Drama Can be Fun

Day 9 – Tuesday

  • Drama and Emotions in Learning: The Power of Chatarsis
  • How Drama Helps to Develop Social and Teamwork Skills

Day 10 – Wednesday

  • Feedback, Course Evaluation and Dissemination Focus