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Course Description

This course is an immersion in successful strategies that engage students deeply in Drama. They cover:

  • Managing the drama classroom
  • Strategies to win over boys
  • Multiple ways into character
  • Introducing movement surreptitiously
  • Improvisation strategies
  • Running a Theatre Sports competition
  • Using “Thank God you are here” in the classroom
  • Mime skills and scenarios
  • Clowning
  • Commedia D’Ell Arte
  • Voice training
  • Radio plays and how to perform them
  • Interpreting scripts

From the author of 'Engaging Students in Drama', Phoenix Education.


Upper primary to secondary Drama teachers

Teaching Standards

2.1.2 Proficient Level - Know the content and how to teach it - Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area: Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.

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Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome

  • 2


    • Explanation of Resources

    • Engaging Students in Secondary Drama Course Notes

    • Systematic Year 7 Drama Course

    • Year 8 Drama Prog and Dimensions

    • YEAR 8 Course Outline 2011

    • Frosty 1

    • Frosty 2

    • Frosty 3

    • Nullabor 1

    • Nullabor 2

    • Nullabor 3

    • Nullabor 4

    • Talkback 1

    • Talkback 2

    • Talkback 3

  • 3

    Session 1

    • Video 1 - Ice breaking, Trust and the Critical First lesson. Ensuring a Great Start to Engagement in Drama

    • Reflection Questions

    • Video 2 - Character Making x 3 -Body Parts, Animal Characteristics and Laban

    • Reflection Question

    • Video 3 - Sculptures, Machines and Moving into Movement and Non-Naturalism

    • Reflection Questions

  • 4

    Session 2

    • Video 4 - Introducing Improvisation, Exploding Realities, In a … With a … While a …. Positive feedback – Magic Moment Awards

    • Reflection Questions

    • Video 5 - Theatre Sports Principles, Games, Competition. Thank God You Are Here

    • Reflection Questions

    • Video 6 - Introduction to Mime, Umbilical Brothers, Complex Mime and Observation Task

    • Reflection Questions

    • Video 7 - How to Introduce Voice, Great Voice Scripts, The Necklace Group Devised Playlet. The Importance of Affirmation.

    • Reflection Question

  • 5

    Session 3

    • Video 8 - Introducing Comedy. TV Guide with Remote, Rowan Atkinson Video and Spin Offs, Comedy Assignment

    • Rowan Atkinson - Laughter Matters Video

    • Reflection Questions

    • Video 9 - Monologues, Duologues and Group Devised Dramas

    • Reflection Questions

    • Video 10 - Introducing Scripts, Using Scripts to Teach Dramaturgy, Introducing Drama in History, Great Drama Resources

    • Reflection Questions

  • 6

    Thank You

    • Thank You

    • Final Reflection

  • 7

    Course Feedback

    • Please take few minutes to give us your feedback

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Engaging Students in Drama will contribute 5 hours of NSW Education Standards Education Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Delivery and Assessment of NSW Curriculum/Early Years Learning Framework, addressing standard descriptor 2.1.2 from the Australia Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



Ron Thomas

Ron Thomas

Australia-wide facilitator and key note speaker for multiple teacher training providers in the Australian Curriculum, English, Writing, Drama and Debating. Facilitator for G.A.T.E.WAYS gifted and talented students programs nationwide. Author of ‘Engaging Students in Drama’ Phoenix Education. Workshop presenter for VATE and Drama Victoria

Ron's business runs seminars in Public Speaking, Leadership and Debating skills for students. He also run in school seminars for staff in the above, plus English in the Australian Curriculum. Published Feature writer and poet.

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