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How creative drama is like doing long division (in a good way!)

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How creative drama is like long division (in a good way!)

While I'm all about moving with the times and equipping children with the skills they need to navigate their way around the many electronic devices at their fingertips, creative drama classes ensures the art of confident communication and self-expression isn't buried under a pile of laptops and smart boards.

Participating in such classes is a bit like long division.

Effective communication isn’t a quick calculation. It requires thoughtful teaching steps, giving children tiers of skills to build upon.


It's important that the art of effective verbal communication is not lost amidst hours of screen time watching Youtube videos.

There is no doubt that children need strong verbal skills to become competent inquirers as the ability to communicate competently with a dash of 'pizazz' is what takes students down the path of success in all areas of their life.

Exploring drama is an excellent way to develop these skills.

Here are some examples of how it helps students to connect with others, so they can convey ideas, opinions, emotions and meaning through a range of genre, purposefully, appropriately and effectively.

Lessons teach students to:
  • Speak clearly loudly and expressively such as by using tongue twisters
  • Look after their voices by utilising vocal warm ups and short songs
  • Use eye contact developed through games such as eyes up, eyes down
  • Listen and concentrate by following instructions, watching and engaging as their peers perform
  • Form and share opinions by participating in conversational activities based on a topic. This could be for example by telling a class mate about your favourite animal, give reasons. Next step: act it out
  • Reflect on learning. Verbalise a process, what went well, what might you do differently next time?
  • Think quick such as by use of  theatre sports games 
  • Team work. Encouragement of cooperative activities such as pass the hoop around the circle
  • Social skills and role play.  Having dramatic telephone conversations, pretending to be in different settings like the hairdresser or a spaceship, a great way to extend vocab! 
  • Understand their emotions, imagination and empathy. This can be done by games such as ‘Genre Re-play’ and improvised work enable students to explore a range of emotion and develop an understanding of their impact)
Like tackling a maths problem the old fashioned way, each of these areas are steps in achieving the desired result.

Unlike evolving technological breakthroughs where the need to do long division has passed, these skills are timeless.

This makes creative drama an exceptional platform to provide fundamental life skills which can only but hold our children in good stead for their future endeavors.