ERIC Number: EJ970550
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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Dramatic Ways to Engage Every Student
Dixon, Edmond J.
Education Canada, v52 n1 Win 2012
The goal of all teaching should be to help students make neural connections--the basis for all learning. To do that, however, the student has to have engagement and cognition around the material to be learned. At its core, dramatic activities, even when they have nothing to do with performance, have a tremendous ability to foster these connections. This happens because drama uses four modalities that, if used within a classroom context for non-performance purposes, can have a profound effect on student engagement and cognition: moving for meaning; playing for mastery; imagining while doing; and creating a story. First of all, the teacher has to see these activities through a different lens. In our society, the word drama conjures up talented "artsy" people delivering performances. But drama's benefits are too great to be left on the stage.
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Brain, Drama, Child Development, Cognitive Development, Teaching Methods, Student Motivation, Experiential Learning
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