Teaching Drama

Links Craig Likes – 9/16/12

Here’s a list of links around the Internet that I think you’ll like!


How the Arts Can Lead in Implementing the Common Core

In the arts, to appreciate any masterpiece, to construct understanding from the complex, one must engage in deep analysis and a systematic search for meaning. This is a transferable skill; these studio habits of mind can and should be applied across disciplines. To appreciate, understand, and successfully apply mathematics, language arts, history, and the sciences, a learner must engage in the same type of analysis, study of technique, and consideration of context that is modeled so clearly in arts learning. This attentive study results in deep understanding, and occurs best when done through interdisciplinary projects.

Read Sarah Zuckerman’s piece on ARTSblog for more wisdom.


A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Commedia Masks

Want to try some Commedia dell’arte in your classroom? Why not start by having the students make their own masks? Read this post on the Drama Teacher’s Network for step-by-step directions on making a half-mask.


52 Plays in 52 Weeks

Also on the Drama Teacher’s Network (follow this blog, you won’t regret it!) is a new feature – 52 Plays in 52 Weeks. Karla is reading one play a week for a year from a drama teacher’s perspective. She’ll talk a bit about about the play and how it fits in a drama classroom.


EdTA Keynotes to be Streamed Online

Can’t attend this year’s EdTA Conference in San Diego? You can still get a taste of the event online this year. EdTA will be streaming two of the events:

The Educational Theatre Association will video stream two keynote presentations from the EdTA Conference in San Diego. The two streamed events take place on Saturday, September 22, 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 PST, at new.livestream.com/edta. Both presentations will include a live chat option that will enable the online audience to pose questions to the presenters. The 8:45 keynote marks the premiere public presentation of the 2011-12 Educational Theatre Association-Utah State University Survey of Theatre Education in United States High Schools, by Dr. Matt Omasta, the first such report since EdTA”?s 1991 survey. The 11:15 presentation features an update on the Next Generation Standards Project by EdTA theatre writing team members and leadership of the National Coalition for Core Standards (NCCAS). EdTA, along the with seven other national arts and education organizations that comprise NCCAS, are rewriting the landmark 1994 National Arts Education Standards.

Click here for more information and preregistration details.

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