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00 - New Drama Teacher Toolkit

The New Drama Teacher toolkit has links and resources to help you with your first year in the drama classroom.

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06 - Classroom Materials

Posters for your classroom, and scenes for classroom study.

08 - PD Courses

Video on how to put our fires in your classroom, using the DTA course modules.

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Methods of Teaching Theatre: A Teacher Toolkit

There are a lot of challenges that come in the first few years of teaching, especially for new theatre teachers, including non-traditional teaching spaces, entire classes of students who have no interest in theatre, a lack of a standard curriculum, and creating objective assessments for subjective materials, just to name a few. This book will help you anticipate the preparations you will need to address before a student ever walks into your classroom and the kind of philosophical questions you need to ask, and answer, as you begin your teaching career.

This toolkit examines four fundamental building blocks of teaching: Classroom Setup, Classroom Management, Lesson Planning, and Assessment. It also provides you with tools and activities that will help you integrate these fundamentals into a drama classroom. If you are a new teacher, or are still in your teacher training, these tools will provide you with a lot of supplemental, practical information that will help you prepare for your first few years of teaching.

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New Teacher Primer

If you’ve never done a first week in the drama classroom, how do you know what to expect? What to say? What to do? Let the New Teacher Primer be your guide.

We’ve divided this toolkit into high school and middle school sections. There’s definitely a specific way to approach each level. However, there will also be some overlap between the two, so don’t be afraid to read it all and adapt for your situation.

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Return, Restore, Rebound: Post-Pandemic Toolkit

This toolkit anticipates the challenges that will await you when you return to full-time, face-to-face teaching and is designed to provide you with materials you will need to return, restore, and rebound in your teaching space, curriculum, and relationship with your students.

This material is especially important if you are a new teacher who did not have the opportunity to complete your teacher training under “normal” conditions, but instead had to operate under distance-learning protocols.

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Writing Lesson Plans Toolkit

In this toolkit, you will learn the structure and terminology of a standard lesson plan and how that lesson plan can be adapted in the theatre classroom. You will learn how to identify and utilize Bloom’s Taxonomy in the creation of your lesson plans and explore the National Standards for Theatre with an eye toward including specific state standards in your completed plans.

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