Saturday, April 12, 2014

Drama (the Good Kind) in the Classroom

Hello, Friends!

Today, I am sharing another bright idea and joining some fabulous bloggers in the Bright Ideas Blog Hop. 

Today I want to quickly share how I integrate drama into my classroom.  Even though we use Reader's Theaters and sing all sorts of songs to help us learn, acting through tableaus is one of our favorite ways to learn. 

During my first year of teaching,  I was introduced to a word called 'tableau'. During one of our faculty meetings, we had to work together and decide how we wanted to act out a word we were given. Then we decided how to show our word thr
ough a pose. We had to become statues of our word.  I immediately went and implemented this into my room. I've been having my students create tableaus for 5 years.  Every year, they love it. 

When students create a tableau (hello higher order thinking) they have to first decide how they want their statue to look (hello Speaking and Listening Standards). Then they get to act it out. I also have my students create individual tableaus as well. I give them time to think and then we start creating. 

My students absolutely love creating their  tableaus. I love how quick and easy it is to scan the room and immediately see who understands and who needs a little more assistance.

So, here's how it looks in my room.  And...ACTION! 

Here we were creating landforms. 

In the picture above and below, my students individually created goods and services.  I spy a computer, a dog walker, hairdresser, and a taxi driver. ;-) I walked around the room and when I tapped each person on their shoulder, they had to let me know what good or service they had created. 

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  1. What a great idea! I use a ton of Reader's Theatre in my classroom but never like this. Thanks for sharing. I would love to be a part of this fabulous link up next time.



    1. Thank you. As far as I know, we are maxed out in numbers for the blog hop. Here's a link to the post in the TpT forum that talks about it.

      Thanks for stoping by,

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