Warm-Up of the Week: I Feel The Spirit!

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
  • Drama Peeps

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.


Warm-Up of the Week: Fly!

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.”

Warm-Up of the Week: Chain Mime

This game is a bit like Chinese Whispers…

1. Split your class into groups of about 4-5.

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.

Warm Up of the Week: Me, You!

This is a great warm-up when preparing to work on vocal delivery and looking at the varied ways we use our voices to convey emotion:

1. Begin in a circle.

2. One person (A) in the circle starts by saying, “Me” and pointing at themselves.

3. That same person (A) then finds someone else (B) in the circle, points at them, says “You!” and begins walking towards them.

4. Before that person (A) gets to (B), (B) must then say, “Me”, find someone else, point at them, begin walking towards them saying “You!”

5. This flows on with people moving from spot to spot.

6. Once student’s have got the hang of the exercise, call out an emotion in which they have to deliver the “Me, You” words.

7. At the conclusion of the game have a discussion about how people’s voice, walk and body language varied during the exercise when different emotions were called out.