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Saturday, September 19, 2020

How to Deal With Disruptive Students by Kerry Hishon

Keeping students focused and engaged is challenging enough in the drama classroom. It can be just as challenging trying to deal with disruptions in the virtual classroom, because you’re no…

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Helping Drama Students Understand Commitment by Kerry Hishon

It can be difficult to get students to really feel committed to distance learning. It’s so easy for students to check out when they’re not physically present in a classroom. They may str…

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Teaching Life Skills Through Virtual Drama Class by Kerry Hishon

We’ve talked at length on the Theatrefolk blog about how studying drama can benefit students outside the drama classroom and how students can learn and develop soft skills from working on…

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Saturday, August 29, 2020

Warm-Up Game: Puppet Dance Party by Kerry Hishon

Here’s a warm-up game that is a lot of fun and gets students’ energy up. It’s a plus if you and your students are studying puppetry, but it’s not necessary to have done so. This is a…

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Warm-Up Game: Muted Conversations by Kerry Hishon

This warm-up game helps students work on a variety of skills: improvising, listening, observing, and working as a team. At the same time, it’s pretty silly and good for a laugh! This game …

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

Warm-Up Game: Virtual Mirrors by Kerry Hishon

The mirror game is one of the most common exercises in the drama classroom. Students are grouped into pairs, facing each other. One student is the leader and moves their face and body in slo…

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Warm-up Exercise: Brain Dump by Kerry Hishon

This warm-up exercise is perfect for days when your students are feeling stressed, frustrated, or unfocused. You can use it at the start of class to help students clear their brains, or mid-…

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Warm-Up Game: Buyer & Seller by Kerry Hishon

This improv warm-up game helps students think quickly and creatively, listen to their peers, and choose their words with care. It can be done in person in the drama classroom (with physical …

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Getting Ready to Direct Your First Virtual Play by Kerry Hishon

One of the biggest challenges and disappointments of the current pandemic situation is the loss of live theatre production opportunities. Shows have been cancelled and postponed and we don…

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Tips for Adapting Lesson Plans to the Virtual Classroom by Kerry Hishon

Drama isn’t always the easiest subject to adapt to distance learning. So much of what makes drama fun and worthwhile involves human interaction. Seeing students engage with one another, cr…

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Saturday, July 11, 2020

“Act It Out” Game: Virtual Classroom Edition by Kerry Hishon

At the beginning of a new term of drama classes, you need to inform students about classroom rules and expectations to start on a positive note. However, when teaching drama via distance lea…

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Designing Your Virtual Classroom by Kerry Hishon

There are many things to think about when it comes to designing your virtual classroom. Background When teaching classes via video conferencing, it’s good to think about what’s going on …

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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Encouraging Active Listening in the Digital Classroom by Kerry Hishon

Keeping students actively engaged while teaching via distance learning can be frustrating at times. It can be more difficult for students to focus in a distance learning situation than in a …

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Thoughts on Gender & Casting by Kerry Hishon

Casting a show, or even a class reading, is a tricky business. It takes care and thought to find just the right person to fill each role. As the song “I Hope I Get It” from A Chorus Line…

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Saturday, June 13, 2020

Monologue Exercise – Share Your Heart by Kerry Hishon

In this multi-part exercise, students will write monologues based on the concept of an “I want/I wish” song, which is used by a character to share their heart’s desire. It is primarily…

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Saturday, June 6, 2020

Pronouns in the Drama Classroom by Kerry Hishon

Respect and inclusivity are vital in the drama classroom. One way to demonstrate respect and inclusivity is to use students’ personal pronouns correctly. How does a person wish to be refer…

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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Do You Still Have Passion for Teaching Theatre? by Kerry Hishon

Teaching is an incredibly rewarding profession; many even consider teaching to be their calling. Theatre and drama teachers have the privilege of sharing their passion for performing arts wi…

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Separating School Life and Home Life by Kerry Hishon

Working from home has become the new normal for many of us, and with it comes new challenges. The line between home life and school life has become increasingly blurred with distance learnin…

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Addressing Distance Learning Concerns by Kerry Hishon

As we are quickly discovering, distance learning has its share of challenges. There’s new technology to navigate, lessons and assignments to adapt for use outside of the classroom, near-co…

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Saturday, May 9, 2020

Drama Teacher Self-Care (And No, We Don’t Mean Candles and Bubble Baths) by Kerry Hishon

The term “self-care” is often met with eye-rolling and sarcastic laughter. We equate self-care with basking in a Jacuzzi with a fancy drink, taking a luxury cruise, or “treating yo’s…

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Coping With Social Distancing for Students and Teachers by Kerry Hishon

We’re in the midst of a global pandemic and we’ve been thrown into a situation with many unknowns. We don’t know when we’ll be able to safely see our friends and family in person. We…

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Analyzing a Movie Musical by Kerry Hishon

The following exercise has a straightforward premise: watch a movie musical and analyze it! This written exercise helps students practice skills including analytical and critical thinking, o…

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Saturday, April 18, 2020

Exercise: Rewrite the Ending by Kerry Hishon

It’s fun and interesting to imagine alternate endings to our favourite musicals. What if Annie had ended up being adopted by Lily and Rooster in Annie? What if the Von Trapp family wasn’…

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Saturday, April 11, 2020

Costume Challenge: Modernizing a Classic Character’s Ensemble by Kerry Hishon

The following exercise challenges students to take on the role of costume designer and come up with a modern look for a character from a different era. Students will learn about the characte…

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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Fun & Games: Drama Class Scavenger Hunt by Kerry Hishon

Distance Learning Note: This blog post is written for an in-class scavenger hunt. But, this is an activity that can easily be adapted for distance learning. Students can work independently t…

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Exercise: The Tech Effect by Kerry Hishon

The purpose of this group exercise is to see how technical effects can change the mood and atmosphere of a performed scene. Students will have the opportunity to perform and observe others, …

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Distance Learning: Larger Projects and ISPs by Kerry Hishon

The exercises listed below can be adapted to distance and online learning opportunities. Students work individually (rather than with partners or in groups). Group work and discussions can b…

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Distance Learning: Technical Theatre by Kerry Hishon

The exercises listed below can be adapted to distance and online learning opportunities. Students work individually (rather than with partners or in groups). Group work and discussions can b…

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Distance Learning: Playwriting & Written and Analysis Exercises by Kerry Hishon

The exercises listed below can be adapted to distance and online learning opportunities. Students work individually (rather than with partners or in groups). Group work and discussions can b…

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Tech Exercises for the Non-Technical Teacher by Kerry Hishon

The phrase “technical theatre” can be intimidating for some drama teachers. They may feel that they don’t have adequate experience to teach technical theatre, or that they just aren’…

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Distance Learning: Monologue & Individual Performance Exercises by Kerry Hishon

The exercises listed below can be adapted to distance and online learning opportunities. Students work individually (rather than with partners or in groups). Group work and discussions can b…

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