There are a couple of great groups on Facebook (aside from The Drama Teacher’s Network ) that you may be interested in joining, if in fact, you have Facebook. In particular they are:
Drama Teachers and Those Interested in Drama Education
D4LC – Drama For Learning and Creativity
All three are well worth checking out with lots of suggestions and sharing of ideas for the classroom.
It was whilst I was checking them out that someone was looking for a warm-up game that was going to get their kids feeling energised. I immediately thought of a game that I hadn’t played in a while and that I hadn’t shared on the blog so I knew once I’d shared it with the group, I had to share it with you, my readers!
1. Begin in a circle.
2. One person enters the circle and becomes the “Preacher.” They begin by shouting, “I feel the spirit!”
3. The group shouts back “I feel the spirit!”
4. The “Preacher” then shouts back, “I feel the spirit in my _________” Insert name of body part. The Preacher then moves that body part.
5. The rest of the group then repeat, “I feel the spirit in my _________” and the action.
The preacher/congregation style should get bigger and more passionate as each student gets a turn. Think of those amazing church preachers who are so passionate about sharing they get right into it.
This is a really fun game to boost energy and get physical! A must before your cast and crew are about to go on stage for their first show.
First off, I wanted to apologise for not posting in some weeks. I haven’t had the Internet at my house for about 3 weeks. I’ve been upgrading and as you can imagine, telecommunications companies are somewhat special. In saying that though, now everything is roaring to go and working fantastically. So I thought I’d share a little game that I hadn’t played in a while with my students. It’s an old one but a good one. It’s also known as “Cat & Mouse.” This game is best played with a large group.
1. One students volunteers to be the Cat, another is the Mouse.
2. The other students in the class line up in rows, one behind the other. The rows should have an equal number of students in each. Each row should be separated by about a metre or so. The students put their arms up, touching hands with the person next to them. These become the streets.
3. The Cat starts at one side of the streets the mouse at the other. The Cat must tip the Mouse but can only move between the streets. Any cutting through walls is not allowed.
4. The Teacher at any time can call out “alleys.” All the students in the rows can turn to their left, creating the alleys with their hands touching the person in front of them rather than the person next to them.
I have lots planned for the blog in the next couple of weeks so stay tuned.
I pulled out an old favourite this week to play with my students. Give this one a go when you want to build energy, test reflexes and concentration.
1. Start in a circle.
2. Students clap their hands, turn to their left, make eye contact with the person next to them and say “Zip!”
3. Each student does this around the circle until the Zip returns to the starting person.
4. Students then clap their hands, turn to their right, make eye contact with the person next to them and say “Zap!”
5. Each student does this around the circle until the Zap returns to the starting person.
6. Start off with “Zip” again but at any time, any one in the circle can change the direction to “Zap!”
7. Students can also re-direct the energy flow by saying “Boing!” across the circle. The person it is directed at needs to duck quickly and then continue to pass the energy flow around the circle in either direction.
8. If a person is too slow when they duck they are out.
This a super quick activity to get your student’s thinking about the delivery of dialogue in performance.
Select a student to stand facing the wall at one end of the room.
Have the remaining student’s in the class form a straight line behind the chosen student.
Choose a line of dialogue, for example, “I love you.”
Have each student say the line to the person at the other end of the room.
The solo student should only turn around if they believe the person who delivered the line.
Swap students and lines. Obtain feedback from the student’s after each round. Remember, each person will have a different point of view when it comes to the delivery of lines. It’s important to let the student’s know this so they don’t become disheartened if someone doesn’t turn around for them.
This year I’ve taken on pre-service teachers for the first time. I felt it was about time I started imparting some of what I’ve learned in my five years and also to keep developing my skills by learning from teachers who are connecting with new research and ideas at university. My current pre-service teacher taught me this warm-up game this week. Give it a whirl with your class.
1. Find a space in your classroom or outside that is long in length. A good 6-10 metres at least.
2. Use masking tape to mark out a serious of points from one end of the space to the other. Make sure they aren’t stuck down too tightly because they will be ripped up later on in the game.
3. Line the student’s up at one end of the space.
4. Student’s need to make their way from one end of the room to the other stepping between each marker using only one step.
5. Student’s are to observe the way in which they use their bodies to move between the gaps.
6. As the student’s become more confident, remove one of the markers so that certain gaps become wider. The student’s will need to change the length of their step and the way in which they prepare to reach each marker.
7. Speed up the pace with which each student goes through the markers and begin a process of elimination until there are only two student’s left. Eliminate student’s if they can’t make it to the next marker in one step.
8. The student who can “fly” through each marker in one step is the winner.
Student’s should notice how their steps change and the use of their bodies becomes bigger as they begin to “fly.”
I’ve had a couple of prac student’s for the first time this year and they’ve introduced me to some fabulous warm-up games for student’s. I really liked this one that was played the other day. It’s a great ice-breaker amongst kids who may not know each other very well or when your student’s may not know you very well.
1. Form a circle.
2. Each person must then tell the group two things that are true about themselves and one thing that is not true about themself.
3. Try to get the student’s to mix up the truths and lies because otherwise it will be obvious to pick which one is the lie!
A really easy, fun warm-up game. It gets the kids being creative with their lies! Something I’m sure they’re all already quite good at
2. One of the groups exits the classroom and lines up outside.
3. The group remaining in the classroom has to come up with a scenario that one of their group will perform. Keep it simple. Something like coming home from school and pouring a glass of juice.
4. The group in the classroom selects the member of the group who is going to perform the short scenario. The group watch them perform it and then sit down in the audience space.
5. The first member from the group outside comes in and sits in a chair. They then watch the group member selected to perform picking up on everything they are doing and saying.
6. The person who has come in from outside then stands up and performs what they saw and heard as close as possible to what was presented to them by the other group, to the next person who comes in from outside.
7. This continues until all the group members from outside has entered the room and performed.
8. The original member of the other group who started off the chain mime then performs again and the class discusses how the mime changed from the beginning to the end.
9. Switch the groups so that the student’s who were originally in the classroom coming up with the scenario are now outside waiting to be performed to.
We also tried this with everybody going outside and only one person coming up with the scenario. My class only has 12 students in it so it worked fairly well but I don’t think it would work so well with classes that are larger.
This game is great for higher ability groups who are able to pick up on the complexities of the game.
1. Have everyone start in a circle.
2. The teacher in role becomes “God”. The person to his/her left hand side becomes “Hell.”
3. Give every student, moving in an anti-clockwise direction (from the teacher’s right all the way round the circle till you get to Hell), a number starting from one.
4. Begin the following rhythm: slap both thighs once, clap hands together once, two clicks together on both your right and left hand. Keep this rhythm going.
5. On the first click “God” says: “God” and then follows on the second click with another number from around the circle. So it goes something like, “God, six.”
6. By saying the second number “God” is passing on the rhythm to that person and on the next set of clicks they must then say their number first and then another number. So it goes something like, “Six, twelve.”
7. The aim of the game is to dethrone “God” and avoid “Hell”.
8. You end up in “Hell” if you don’t respond quickly enough after the rhythm has been passed to you.
Variations: You could change the names of “God” and “Hell” if you prefer. It’s also a great way of learning names in class. Rather than using the numbers you replace them with names.
It’s quite a tricky game because student’s have to think about the rhythm, listen and concentrate at being able to keep the rhythm going and not get caught out for being too slow. This really is a personal favourite of mine.