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Get Students to Embrace Failure in the Drama Classroom

Created by Lindsay Price

This course by Lindsay Price explores strategies you can use to encourage students to embrace failure rather than see it as a point of shame or something to hide from.

Our goal for students is to embrace a try/fail/try again/fail/try again/succeed formula. Each module in this course comes with exercises and activities that you’ll be able to take into the classroom right away.

It’s one thing to talk about embracing failure, it’s another to give students practical tools to help them achieve that goal. Join Lindsay in getting students to embrace failure in the drama classroom as we look at Failure from a Yes! perspective.

5 Modules
38 minutes
1 Credit Hour

Course Outline

Lesson 0: Introduction 3:41 FREE PREVIEW
This module introduce the topic and outlines lessons 1-4.
Lesson 1: Redefine Failure 10:28 FREE PREVIEW
This lesson redefines the word 'failure' - making it a positive experience.
Lesson 2: Make Failure Familiar 11:18
Students and humans fear failure so much, they tend to avoid it at all costs. Learn exercises to make failure familiar, so that it's no longer a point of fear, just something that happens as part of the process.
Lesson 3: Celebrate Failure 6:10
This module includes exercises to celebrate failure, rather than make it a tragic event.
Lesson 4: Analyze Failure 7:08
This last module focuses on analyzing failure, a tool to allow students to distance themselves from failure and look at it from an analytical standpoint.

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Standards Addressed

National Core Arts Standards

Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding - Grade HS Advanced

TH:Cn11.1.HSIII.a - Develop a drama/theatre work that identifies and questions cultural, global, and historic belief systems.

Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work - Grade HS Proficient

TH:Pr6.1.HSI.a - Perform a scripted drama/theatre work for a specific audience.

California VAPA Standards (2019)

Adv.TH:Cn11.1 Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.

Adv.TH.Cn11.1.a - Develop a drama/theatre work that identifies and questions cultural, global, and historic belief systems.

Prof.TH:Pr6 Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

Prof.TH:Pr6 - Perform a rehearsed, scripted short drama/theatre work for a specific audience.

Georgia Performance Standards - Theatre Arts

Tennessee Theatre Curriculum Standards

Tennessee Theatre standards (2018) standards were built using the framework of the NCAS which is built on four key domains: Creating, Performing/Presenting/Producing, Connecting, and Responding. Within each of these domains are foundations and standards to support the development of curriculum, programs, and learning.
(source: Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Academic Standards for Fine Arts, Summer 2018)

Please refer to National Core Arts Standards to determine the standard that best suits your needs.

British Columbia (2018)

GRADE 6 - ARTS - Communicating and documenting

Take creative risks to express feelings, ideas, and experiences

GRADE 7 - ARTS - Communicating and documenting

Take creative risks to express feelings, ideas, and experiences

GRADE 8 - ARTS - Communicating and documenting

Take creative risks to express feelings, ideas, and experiences

GRADE 9 - DRAMA - Communicating and documenting

Compose, interpret, and expand ideas using symbolism, imagery, and elements

GRADE 9 - DRAMA - Connecting and expanding

Demonstrate respect for themselves, others, and the audience

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Explore and Create

Improvise and take creative risks to express meaning

GRADE 10 - DRAMA - Reason and reflect

Apply feedback to develop and refine ideas

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