Here are Drama Games, Tips and Ideas that we have adapted for Zoom or a similar platform.
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We have found that the games are best played at the beginning of sessions when attention span tends to be better for whole group activities. Usually we find we are rounding off the Drama content towards the end, discussing ideas and briefing ahead of the next session.
We have muted the students in some cases and then selectively unmuted for guessing/talking etc and in some instances unmuted everyone to get the atmosphere and spontaneity.
The small white dots on the timeline indicate the different games sections.
Tips For Using Online Platforms
Decide in advance whether you want to enable CHAT as this can be a great distraction if enabled.
Mute the children on arrival and tell them at the start they are muted until you want them to talk.
Set any rules now about messing about with controls/messaging/sharing screens/changing their screen names/playing with virtual backgrounds etc. We ask that they change the screen name to their actual names.
Give them a help action should they need it - raising a hand for example. Explain that if they lose connection they just need to go back to the Link and come in again and not to worry.
Check that you can see everyone clearly and ask them to sort out any video issues/backgrounds if using now.
Breakout Rooms -Supervise children age 9 and under at all times in Breakout rooms by having an adult/second teacher in there with them.
For older students appoint a student to be the leader/director to make sure that the task is being done. Explain that a bit of chat is okay but then they must begin the scene/activity.
Bringing everyone back again to the Main Room for an all together game (, we have found) is less successful particularly for middle years children (aged 7-10) who can be starting to fiddle with computer controls.
Other Ideas For You
We find that the time seems to rush past but our classes are 1 hour for students aged 7+ and 40 mins for younger children.
We carve up the time as follows:
5mins - Set Up, welcome everyone arriving with a smile and a wave and take the register looking out for late arrivals in the waiting room and make sure you recognise them before admitting them to the class.
10-15 mins - Game to get everyone interacting and settled into the format.
Begin the Drama session with the story for the age 5-7's (we are doing a different story for this age each week) and for older students the scenes re-cap and follow-on for the lesson fully explained with examples, visuals (many of our lessons are based on video content which has been perfect content for this), teacher in role etc so that the students know exactly what they are to be doing if going into Breakout Rooms.
Allow 5 mins for older students in Breakouts before going in to check on/record them. If you are recording several groups leave each one with a task to do that you will be checking on with return to main rooms.
Usually with older groups they work in the rooms for around 30-35 minutes.
At least 10 minutes fro the end of the session bring everyone together to re-cap and to discuss preparation for the following week (we also send out an email detailing what they will be doing).
Our Online classes are Drama sessions are grouped into blocks of only 5 sessions which parents seem very comfortable with given all the uncertainties at this time.
We now have really great Drama Lesson Sessions Online for teachers to access.
For our older groups age 10+ and instead of the end of term show (always important to them), we are putting recorded footage of the Drama onto short films for the students to be able to download at the end of a topic.
Zoom has a great record function for you to be able to do this easily with basic skills. If you are able to edit these you can add effects to enhance them and the whole process adds further to exciting ideas and focus and the students love this element of doing Drama Online.
Students will also have a record of Drama In Lockdown to keep forever!
*You can find full details of the Drama Term Content back on the product page and for the cost of just one paying student a week you can have exciting fully planned out material to follow as we go!*