With Drama in Mind - Real Learning in Imagined Worlds


Patrice Baldwin

Published by Network Educational Press

The challenge for teachers today is to develop creative learners who are able to adapt their thinking towards living successfully in the rapidly changing world of the twenty-first century

Central to this is the ability to imagine. Drama, rooted in dramatic play, offers a way of encouraging thinking and learning through creative, imagined experience

This book will be of interest to all teachers wishing to take up the challenge of teaching more creatively. It sets out a thorough and authoritative rationale for teaching through drama, revealing the relationship between drama in education and the latest findings on how children learn

It introduces a toolkit of drama strategies that can scaffold and promote creativity across the curriculum. These are linked to self-contained, stimulating schemes of work that can be broken down into a series of lessons. Further teacher support is provided through a range of photocopiable resource sheets that can be linked to the drama units or used generically and adapted for use in lessons other than drama

With Drama in Mind offers a powerful teaching resource which ...

explores the close link between the multi-intelligent and multisensory nature of learning and children's natural learning through dramatic play
illustrates how drama can be used to support and stimulate brain-friendly learning
explains how drama relates directly to recent humanistic and learner-focused educational movements
offers contexts in which children can talk, 'play' and learn alongside empathetic adults in shared, created and imagined worlds within real classrooms
introduces a range of drama strategies, presented as flexible, visual, auditory and kinesthetic thinking frames for use by drama specialists and non-specialists alike
provides substantial teacher support through tried-and-tested units of work
includes a range of photocopiable materials for use in the classroom

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