Drama involves interpreting, inventing and appreciating dramatic sequences. Drama education develops the students’ artistic sensibility, creative potential, acting abilities and skills in self-expression and communication. In the drama classroom, students express their ideas, their personal vision of the world, the visions of their classmates and those of playwrights or other creators.
Drama Competencies - Elementary
Competency 2: To appreciate dramatic works, personal productions, and those of classmates
The act of appreciation is one of examining and reflecting on a work, whether it is one's own, the work of classmates, or professional and amateur work seen outside the classroom. In the arts, teachers are often challenged by time constraints, and wonder how to fit appreciation into tight timelines. Two things to consider are:
- Keep it simple - introduce a framework and use it exclusively for a while
- Do it often - regular moments of appreciation cultivate the appreciation reflex
Keep it simple Ideas
Do it often Ideas
Use post-its on a large Venn diagram on the wall or interactive white board
Build in an appreciation moment at the very start of a project, or at the start of every period
Have students discuss in groups and share notes on a single Appreciation sheet
Have an appreciation file or station in your classroom for inspiration, and make sure students leave traces in an appreciation journal (can be assigned as homework)
Use the same framework for the Artist Statement for personal creations.
Build in appreciation of finished works, completed exercises or at the close of a project.
An annual effervescent art education happening organized by the MAD2 DEEN subcommittee, featuring guest speakers, workshops in all four Arts subjects, a round-table discussion and on the spot art-making. Go to page
French-language Quebec network for teaching the Arts using varied current technologies.
Wakelet with resources for teaching online - Go to page
Archived web event explaining the resources - Go to page
Why Our Schools Need the Arts: A New Perspective by Sylwia Bielec Go to page
CSEA - The Canadian Society for Education through Art The Canadian Society for Education through Art is the national art education association representing art educators within Canada. It is a voluntary association founded in Quebec City in 1955, and is the only Canadian national organization that brings together visual art educators, gallery educators and others with similar interests and concerns. Membership represents all levels of education: elementary, secondary, college/university, ministries of education, art galleries/museums, and community education.Go to site
NAEA - The National Art Education Association Founded in 1947, the National Art Education Association is the leading professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators.Go to site
Artists in Schools
Having practicing artists and specialized art educators in your classroom enriches everyone's experience of the arts. Students deepen their practice and understanding of the Arts. Teachers expand their arts pedagogy know-how.
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