Drama Games to Foster Participation in Primary Schools - Amsterdam
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The Framework for Key Competences defines the 8 key competencies that students should acquire through schooling. Some of them are crucial in our societies, but also quite difficult to teach: personal and social competence, civic competence, cultural awareness, and expression.
Although educators know the importance of those competencies for a young person’s growth, they often encounter difficulties when it comes to actually teaching them to pupils.
Theater in education can be considered one of the few subjects that teach the child how to participate in democratic life. Acting allows the child to develop feelings of empathy and respect towards other members of the community; it also allows for self-observation and affective and cognitive understanding of problems. For this reason, theatrical education and dramatic activity should play an important role within the child’s educational path.
“Drama games” are a “form of theater” suitable for children ages 5 to 9. During the games, an adult coordinates a group of children who create and improvise themes and characters. The goal is to teach the child how to share, respect others, and solve conflicts following the values of inclusion, tolerance, and solidarity. Through the dramatic game, children will also develop their self-expression, creativity, and spontaneity.
In this course, participants will acquire the technical and practical tools of the dramatic game, and the game itself will be the vehicle, through which the participant will acquire these tools.
They will learn a series of playful activities with the aim of creating a sense of trust and disinhibition within a group, developing the ability to collaborate with others, stimulating self-expression and communication, and encouraging creativity through imagination.
They will also experience how to organize, create, set up, and perform a dramatic game.
By the end of the course, participants will have acquired a wide set of theatrical tools through first-hand experiences, which they will be able to replicate in their classes. Thus, they will feel more prepared and confident to sustain their pupils’ development of personal, social, and civic competencies through fun, experiential learning.
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