The New Drama Teacher toolkit has links and resources to help you with your first year in the drama classroom.
These resources will help you set up your classroom for the first time.
Links to DTA curriculum for a beginning drama teacher.
Resources to develop your classroom management skills.
Resources to help you establish drama classroom procedures.
Resources to help you choose plays for classroom study and performance.
Posters for your classroom, and scenes for classroom study.
Resources specifically for assessment in the drama classroom.
Video on how to put our fires in your classroom, using the DTA course modules.
A comprehensive guide to the Elizabethan Age, including historical details, the Elizabethan Theatre, and Staging the Elizabethan Play.
Sometimes you need to have prepared activities so students can work independently. The goal is to have students apply knowledge in an effective way when the natural flow of instruction is disrupted.
One such activity is a choice board. A choice board offers students a variety of activities on a topic or multiple topics. Students will choose a set number of activities to complete and submit. With this resource you can create your own, use all the provided tasks on a single topic, or print off the ready-to-go sample choice boards.
When there isn’t a textbook to follow or a specific set of units, how do you create a curriculum? Tips and tricks from experts in the field.
How do you direct something with no plot, nonsense dialogue and uninformative characters? How do you approach the Absurd play? How do you help students approach the Absurd play? This guide comes complete with exercises to help with Theatre of the Absurd plays.
This guide to Elizabethan Theatre includes details on the Life of a Playright in Elizabethan times, including biographies of Elizabethan playwrights (including Shakespeare). It includes exercises and activities for 4 of Shakespeare's plays.
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.
Looking for information and searching online is too overwhelming? See if our Resource Guide has what you need.
This is a sample six rehearsal schedule for a full length play. Use this as a model and modify according to your and your students' needs.
A guide for teachers to help with their student actors; to find the right balance within an emotional performance, including exercises that can be explored to counteract overemotional acting.
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.