Why drama?

It's a question I ask all of my students at the beginning of the year, and the most popular answer is "in case we all want to be actors." While I would love for all my students to come away from drama with a love for performing and for creating imaginary worlds and characters, and I always secretly hope that they all make creative performance a tiny part of their lives in the future, I know that my wonderful students' interests and passions lie in lots of different areas. 

What I can give them through drama, are both the tools to stand in front of anyone and be confident and engaging, no matter the size or makeup of the audience, and the ability to approach problems and ideas in creative and unusual ways.

In my mind, music and drama go hand in hand, and I'm honored to have been able to teach them both.

My drama page is a bit under construction, but I'll leave you for now with some links to some projects my students have done in the past:

1st GradeThis is Not A Stick/Box (Antoinette Portis); we read the book, acted it out, created our own pages from the book, and then improvised our own Not-A-Sticks/Not-a-Boxes in front of the class.

3rd Grade: We made human machines that could speed up, slow down, and break. Our first machines had no purpose (they just looked cool) and then we designed machines where each "part" had a specific job.

4th Grade: We made silent movies using Silent Film Editor on the iPad and pen-and-paper storyboarding. To prepare, we did a unit on pantomime and watched some Charlie Chaplin short movies. Each group had an assistant director, whose job it was to tell Mrs. Govertsen what the group wanted in terms of props, camera angles, and music.