Monday, August 17, 2009


Any ideas about teaching a combined beginning/advanced Drama (acting) class?

My plan with Advanced was to start with competition pieces (comp is 8 weeks into school) and do about 5 - 7 week units, each of which end in a showcase. My plan for Beginning was to develop technique and skills first, then artistry by working on scenes, monologue, reading/discussing plays, etc.


At 3:24 PM, Blogger Shakespeare Teacher said...

I used the advanced as models of concepts I was introducing to the beginners. I also had the beginners critique the advanced work as an assessment.

At 7:35 AM, Blogger Holbrook said...

Yikes, that's tough. Later in the year you can have the Advanced kids direct the beginner kids, but you can't start with that.

The competition thing might be your saving grace here. Kids largely work on competition pieces alone, or with each other. It's less teacher-guided than real theatre.

I think I'd spend a week (or two, if you can spare it from your competition work) just doing team-building stuff with the whole class. Make them one unit before you split them up. Then, if you already have the competition pieces cut and ready to go, you can give them to your advanced kids. Have them do a couple of old pieces to show your beginners as an example of what they're working on. Then they can go off to work together, and you can work with the beginners on the techniques that'll get them into advanced next year.


Post a Comment

<< Home