How much do you know about drama in education? As an educator, you should know drama is not just about role-playing, but also educating our children. There are a lot of values of teaching and learning through drama, some of you might find it difficult, and I would like to share my outlook on this subject that I have experienced while conducting a few dramas in ESL classroom or in public setting.
I am not an educational theorist, but as I read some columns on drama in education, I acquired interesting insights different from what we generally perceive the role of drama in education to be.
The following are some of the observations:
In drama practice, student’s ability to empathize with people in their personal lives and largely with humanity is enhanced. This is achieved when the students relate and personify diverse characters in ways, which relates themselves to others lives experiences, and through drama enhances student’s ability to empathize with people in their personal lives, and with humanity at large.
Performing drama scenes or monologues in public can develop confidence and benefit individuals in educational and social environments.
While participating in drama sessions, students have to visualize different periods in lifestyles or history. And all these practice of using their imagination can translate into success at other art forms as well as creative problem solving skills.
Students always help each other in character sketches and scripted scenes, scripting dialogues, even giving tips and suggestions on their drama performance. Cultivating the spirit of collaboration can have numerous benefits personally, socially and professionally.
I think dramatic playing is essential for student’s learning empathy and holistic approach to education. Students learn to empathize as they view the world from other people’s perspectives including those of peers, adults, and people in stories.
It’s not only receptive or productive or academic skills that we are focussing on, students need to equip themselves for leadership call, being able to collaborate and deliver their skills. Drama takes you through a journey of building character and experiencing individualism by stepping onto one’s shoe, lives experiences and be intellectually able to identify the thoughts, feelings, or state of another person.