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The Right Kind of Drama: Why You Need it In The Classroom

Have you ever thought about bringing drama into the classroom intentionally? This concept might sound a tad unconventional. Yet, when done right, it can transform your classroom into a hub of creativity, collaboration, and confidence. Drama in the classroom can be an absolute game-changer. 

The Power of Drama in Education

Learning isn’t just about textbooks and tests. It's about fostering a love for discovery, igniting curiosity, and building skills beyond the traditional academic realm. This is where drama steps into the spotlight. We’re not talking about who broke up with who at their locker after 4th period, though. The goal here is to bring in excitement, emotion, and the unexpected. 

1. Building Confidence

Drama provides a safe space for students to step out of their comfort zones. When they put on different hats (or imaginary costumes), they become someone else, allowing them to express themselves freely. This helps build self-confidence, an essential life skill far beyond the stage.


Activity Tip: Organize a "Role Reversal Day" where students take turns playing the teacher. It's fun and promotes empathy and a deeper understanding of different perspectives.

2. Improving Communication Skills

In a world increasingly dominated by screens, communicating effectively is more critical than ever. Drama activities require students to articulate their thoughts, feelings, and ideas. They learn to communicate clearly and confidently through role-playing, storytelling, or improv.


Activity Tip: Conduct a "Silent Scene" activity where students communicate a scenario without using words. This not only hones non-verbal communication skills but also encourages creative thinking.

3. Fostering Collaboration

Drama is a team sport. From brainstorming ideas to performing, students need to work together, listen to one another, and contribute to a shared goal. These collaborative skills are not only crucial in the classroom but also in their future careers.


Activity Tip: Divide the class into small groups and assign each group a short script. Have them work together to bring the scene to life, encouraging creativity and teamwork.

4. Enhancing Emotional Intelligence

Understanding our own and others' emotions is vital to personal and social development. Drama allows students to explore various emotions in a controlled environment. This emotional intelligence can lead to increased empathy and improved interpersonal relationships.


Activity Tip: Use "Emotion Charades" for younger grades to help students identify and express different emotions. This activity is not only entertaining but also fosters emotional literacy.

5. Making Learning Memorable

Let's face it – kids remember experiences more than facts from a textbook. Drama creates memorable moments that stick with students long after the lesson is over. Whether it's a historical reenactment or a science skit, the information becomes more tangible and easier to recall.


Activity Tip: Turn a history lesson into a living museum. Each student becomes a historical figure, presenting information in character. It's a fun and interactive way to bring the past to life.

Overcoming Hurdles: Addressing Common Concerns

Now, you might be thinking, "I'm not a drama teacher!" But your job here is to give them opportunities to express themselves. Integrating drama doesn't have to be a grand production. Start small, infuse it into your lessons, and watch the magic unfold.

1. Time Management

We get it – there's never enough time. However, dedicating a few minutes to drama activities can yield significant benefits. Use it as a warm-up, a mid-lesson energizer, or a reflective closing activity.

2. Comfort Zone Discomfort

Stepping out of one's comfort zone can be intimidating, not just for students. As a teacher, you might feel out of your element. Embrace the discomfort together. It's okay to be vulnerable, as it sets a powerful example for your students.

3. Assessment Apprehension

Are you worried about how to assess drama activities? Focus on the process rather than the final product. Assess participation, collaboration, creativity, and communication skills. Consider using reflective journals where students can share their thoughts on the experience.

Elevate Your Classroom with the Magic of Drama!

The right kind of drama in the classroom is not about creating Broadway stars (though that would be amazing!). It's about fostering a dynamic and inclusive learning environment where students feel seen, heard, and valued. So, sprinkle a bit of drama into your lessons, and watch your classroom transform into a stage. Break a leg!

Written by Brooke Lektorich
Education World Contributor
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