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3 Ways to Include Drama Techniques Into All Teaching

In need of a five minute activity or something to keep up your sleeve for wet break times? Maybe a group that won’t settle or still just can’t grasp a concept in lessons; try one of Samantha's three below. 

1. A name game

There are many versions of this but this is my favourite. Stand all students in a circle facing each other; demonstrate a simple movement and say your name to the group. This could be waving, nodding or something more adventurous that fits into the lesson theme. For example a crocodile snap for animals, a circle shape for maths and so forth. Get the class to repeat your name and action back to you get them to do it again louder and faster then move on to the next person in the circle. Go all the way around until the circle is complete.


  • In groups of three each student puts together their name game movement into a routine or sequence; you can then show this to the class.

Other ideas/developments:

  • Each student quotes a charter name or phrase from the play/book/song/poem you are reading adding a movement that represents it.
  • Each student says a country with a movement that represents their culture or population size

This game promotes equality within the session; it focuses them and connects cognitive and physical learning. They really enjoy expressing themselves with it as well.

2. Walking Punctuation

Take any script, book, play, poem that you are looking at and get the students to walk around the room with each punctuation mark relating to a different movement, examples;

  • Sentences = walking
  • Full stop = stop
  • Comma = pause
  • Exclamation mark = jump
  • Question mark = change direction

The physical interpretation of the punctuation gets them to understand the feeling of a piece before you look at plot, charter or themes. It works for everything and many actors do this when they first receive a script.

3. Improvisation/role play game

This is amazing as any age and ability can do it and mostly once they grasp the idea they will ‘teach’ themselves.

  • Give three students a situation such as; a bus stop, a kitchen table, the cinema, park bench, a beach, a museum and so on. This can relate to a current topic as well. Then each student gets an objective or specific charter and they simply have to improvise the scene.
  • For example three students are at a museum, student one is very loud and embarrassing student two their friend.  Student three is the teacher trying to lead the students around the museum and getting very embarrassed.
  • Three students are on a park bench when they witness a crime, how do they react? Do they all agree? What do you do?
  • Two students are at a party and one student confesses a secret.

There are thousands of versions of this and can be used to fit in with what is in your lesson, you student demographic or to deal with social issues and makes a great lunch time activity. 

Do you have your own games or activities to recommend? We really want to hear your idea? Email Megan for more information. 

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Tags: Samantha, Bromley, Secondary, drama, supply, daily, teacher

Category: Australian Teachers

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