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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 3: 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.

Student Tools

Appreciating Drama (Venn Diagram) - Download

Artist's Statement (Drama) - Download

Teaching and Learning Tools

Learning and Evaluation Situations LES

Movement in a collective ensemble
Elem. Cycle 3
By Nicolas Doyon

Students create and present a silent theatrical choreography based on an improvisation inspired by a musical piece. 

English version Download
Version française Download

Evaluation Tools

Sample rubrics that use the Framework for Evaluation and the QEP

Evauation Grid - Download 

Rubric for C1 and C2 - Download 

Rubric C3 Cycle 1 - Download 

Rubric C3 Cycles 2-3 - Download 

Professional Learning

MAD2 Facebook Group

A group for Quebec teachers in the Arts from the anglophone sector. Go to page 

Arts Connection

Online PD for Arts educators in Quebec, hosted by MAD2. A DEEN committee initiative. Online archive available Go to folder 

Spotlight on the Arts

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 

 RÉCIT-Arts

French-language Quebec network for teaching the Arts using varied current technologies.

Blog Posts

Why Our Schools Need the Arts: A New Perspective by Sylwia Bielec Go to page 

 

Professional Organizations

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.

ELAN - https://www.quebec-elan.org
English-speaking artists and micro grants for English schools

Culture à l'école - https://cultureeducation.mcc.gouv.qc.ca/repertoire
Quebec government program and database of artists as well as cultural events and outings.

Breaking down the QEP for artists (webinar done for ELAN)

MEES Program Information

Quebec Education Program

QEP Elementary Drama Download 

Progression of Learning

Elementary Drama Download 

Framework for the Evaluation of Learning

Framework for the Evaluation of Learning - Elementary Drama Download 

30 DAYS OF ART

Take the 30 Days of Art challenge! A great way to inspire everyone to engage with the arts every day. 

CHOOSE A SMART CAREER

A poster designed to inspire students to choose various careers in the Arts. Available from your Arts consultant, or download the Tabloid PNG.