Educate-theatre has great new features on the horizon. Educational theatre is a fundamental tool not only for the typical theatre teacher, but also for the academic teacher to use in the classroom to increase student development. As you learned through my Moodle course of theatre games, students are able to express their creativity and become more open with their fellow classmates, as well as help to develop communication skills in the classroom. By setting the foundation of a general introduction to theatre, I plan to take the next step in theatre education to dig deep into how both drama teachers and students can benefit from learning about their craft. The importance of teaching drama correctly in the classroom is imperative to the drama students career “the broad term ‘drama’ covers a wide area of techniques incorporating physical movement, vocal action, and mental concentration which traditional classrooms have lacked in quantity and combination in the past” (Fairchild, 2007).
Over the next 6 months, I would like to continue to develop my educational PLE by highlighting more advanced theatre concepts. By the end of next month (November), I would like to continue with my idea to create a history of theatre page and tie in the important of Shakespeare to theatre. Shakespeare played an importance role of theatre history through the beginning of the 16th century. The Globe theatre in London, which Shakespeare was a play of, houses his best work in the early 1600s. The Globe theatre’s structure, audience, and actors are a vital part of understanding theatrical history. Many of Shakespeare’s greatest plays continue to be adapted for the stage today. Since many actors use Shakespeare monologues for auditions, I would like to create a sub page entitled ‘understanding Shakespeare’ to help students learn how to speak his language. I will use the following article, Performing Shakespeare Monologues from http://www.theatrefolk.com/spotlights/performing-shakespeare-monologues to aid students in correct Shakespeare preparation.
By the end of December, I will create a page with a collection of monologues for teens/adults, both male and female. There are so many great monologues out there that people can not find because they are not looking in the right places. Teachers go to my PLE to find monologues for their students to use for auditions and in class assignments.
Within the next year, I will expand my theatre horizon by attaching theatre lessons plans for an entire theatre course to my PLE for other teachers to get ideas from, and use in their classroom. I would also like to create a blog where teachers and students can discuss how my PLE has helped them find new ideas what they have learned. I would also like to create a sub page for my monologue section and create videos on how to breakdown monologues to help with rehearsal and how to create the back-story of the character in the monologue.
Being able to incorporate all aspects of theatre will help teachers and students become proficient in the theatre world, and become more prepared for the future in perfecting their craft. I hope my PLE can influence students and teachers to love theatre more than they already do, and be able to teach others about theatre as an education tool.
Fairchild, Richard. (3 July, 2007). Why drama? Retrieved from http://www.angelfire.com/ego/edp303/why.htm
NewMediaConsortium. (14 Feb, 2011). The 2011 horizon report. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHUufQm_gdA&feature=player_embedded#!