more information here). However, I am teaching 6th grade drama, which means that my students need a baseline of knowledge before I can throw them in. However, I have only a limited time to get a show off the ground, if I want to produce one, which I do. It is hard for me to engage myself in teaching a drama class, at any level, without some sort of proof that the students really worked for something.
Baseline knowledge. Experience can play a role in building that knowledge, but it has to be done meticulously. Currently, I am trying out a new system where I will introduce a new concept, we discuss it, and then we incorporate it into our rehearsals. I AM LOVING IT!!! It makes it so I don't have to plan separated activities beyond the rehearsals, but they still practice the skill.
Being a drama teacher is tough. We have to produce, but we still have to learn (even me). So, I am taking it one lesson at a time, and making sure that my shows are entertaining to the crowds, and educational to the students. Yes, I can have my cake and eat it too!
By the way, we are doing the Seussification of Romeo and Juliet by Peter Bloedel.