Reflection: Routines and Procedures Introduction to Drama - Section 2: Getting Down to Business


Because we focus so heavily on note-taking in my building, I use this lecture an opportunity to talk to students about abbreviating what they see on a slide.  The goal is to get the information down in a way that makes sense to them, without writing everything

There are some good opportunities here to stop and have students turn to that elbow partner again and compare notes.  Are you getting the same information that your neighbor is getting?  I will even talk to them about strategies to use when they're not sure they have good notes.  I will share stories of how exchanging phone numbers and email addresses with someone in college saved my proverbial bacon more than once.

A student teacher who once worked at our school made a very astute observation.  He had spent a quarter at the middle school and a quarter at the high school, and at the end of his time with us he said, "High school is about content, and middle school is about procedure." 

I feel like our focus on notes is an example of this.  As a 7th grade teacher, I truly feel that part of my job is teaching students how to be students.  My job is to use my content to teach them learning strategies that will help them in high school and is post-secondary learning.

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Introduction to Drama

Unit 15: Introduction to Drama
Lesson 1 of 3

Objective: SWBAT analyze the structure of drama by learning drama-specific terms to use when comparing and contrasting drama to prose.

Big Idea: Do you know all of the parts of a script?

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