It’s that time of year when veteran teachers everywhere keep their eyes glued to their televisions and entertainment magazines. Why? To scan for the names of former students when the Oscar nominees are announced. Or am I the only one who does that?
To be honest, I didn’t employ nearly as much dramatic play or classroom theater in my time as a teacher as I had wished to. Bringing dramatic play into the classroom was something many of my own teachers had done quite well. Everything from weekly fake news broadcasts to long-form playwriting as reading comprehension test to videotaped Parent Night welcome message from Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon–we got plenty of opportunity to learn and ham it up.
Think beyond holiday pageants. Do you find the time to work dramatic play into your lessons? And if so, how often? I’d love to write a whole teachers’ resource guide about dramatic play in the middle grades. Share your ideas here!