Theatre in the Secondary School Classroom: Methods and Strategies for the Beginning Teacher / Edition 1

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If you're a preservice teacher planning to teach the theatre arts, an in-service secondary teacher considering a foray into teaching theatre, or a theatre professional considering the classroom, there's a lot to learn. But you don't have to know everything to teach well from the start, you just need Theatre in the Secondary School Classroom.

Theatre in the Secondary School Classroom is the trusty guide that every new theatre teacher will be grateful to have as a ready reference. It's not an encyclopaedia on secondary theatre, but a collection of the musts that every beginning instructor needs to know. Theoretical, practical, and friendly, Theatre in the Secondary School Classroom introduces key instructional methods and successful strategies and works through the problems of practice that face all instructors, regardless of their experience. With discussions of finding appropriate spaces (both personal and physical), assessing students' learning, encouraging involvement, and more, you'll find the crucial information you need to hit the ground running.

Authors Patterson, McKenna-Crook, and Swick provide numerous illustrations, model letters to parents, work samples, rubrics, checklists, and example test questions to show you precisely how the nitty-gritty of theatre education plays out. In addition each chapter contains suggested extension activities for students, Internet links to valuable resources and research materials, and experience-won hints on topics of specific interest to the new theatre teacher.

If you're new to theatre instruction, take a few notes from people who have been there and want to help you make the most of the experience. Read Theatre in the Secondary School Classroom, keep a dog-eared copy nearby, and raise the curtain on an exciting new act in your professional life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325008790
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 8/9/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 743,587
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Patterson, the author of Stage Directing (Allyn & Bacon), spent three decades at the University of South Carolina, where he headed the MFA program in directing and taught its secondary theater-methods course. A Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Patterson has been recognized for his work by the South Carolina Speech Communication Association and the South Carolina Theatre Association, and was awarded the state's Order of the Silver Crescent.

President of the South Carolina Theatre Association Donna McKenna-Crook has taught for two decades at A. C. Flora High School in Columbia, South Carolina, where she is currently chair of the fine arts department. McKenna-Crook is a frequent workshop presenter.

Melissa Swick chairs the fine arts department at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School in Columbia, South Carolina. Swick has also taught theatre education at NYU and Winthrop University, published in Youth Theatre Journal, and presented at AATE and ATHE.

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Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Acknowledgments     xi
National Theatre Standards: American Arts Instruction Undergoes a Radical Change     1
Five Basic Areas of Knowledge
Theatre Standards for Grades Five Through Eight
Theatre Standards for Grades Nine Through Twelve
Key Terms
Significant Changes Demanded
Document the Teaching of Standards in Planning
Extension Activities
Stay Connected
Helpful Hints
Planning: Think Forward-Plan Backward     16
School Planning
The Calendar and Planning
Curriculum Planning
Course Planning
Unit Planning
Daily Lesson Planning
Play Production Scheduling
Planning with Parents
Plan for Supervisors
Plan for Substitutes
Plan to Manage Your Classroom
Monitoring and Adjusting the Plan
Extension Activities
Stay Connected
Helpful Hints
The Teacher in the Classroom: Getting Started     39
Teaching Methods and Learning Activities
Teacher-Centered Methods
Student-Centered Methods
Four Sample Learning Activities
Some Teaching Strategies
Classroom Procedures and Expectations
Classroom Management
Diversity in Your Classroom
Gender in Your Classroom
Your Way
Extension Activities
Stay Connected
Helpful Hints
Assessment: Finding Out What They Know     66
What to Assess?
Why Assess?
Assessing Performances, Design Projects, Playwriting, Improvisations, and Similar Activities
Assessing Intellectual Progress: Objective and Essay Tests
Check and Double-Check
Content Validity and TestReliability
Extension Activities
Stay Connected
Helpful Hints
Integrated Teaching Across the Curriculum: Assisting Discovery     95
Five Horizontal Projects
Challenges Inherent in Project-Based Assignments
The Teacher and the School
Extension Activities
Stay Connected
Helpful Hints
The Teacher and School Productions-Philosophical Considerations: Building Bridges     104
Find Out What's Happened Before
Your Production Philosophy
Involve Students
Long-Range Plans for the School Theatre Program
Revisit Your Choices
Extension Activities
Stay Connected
Helpful Hints
The Teacher and School Productions-Practical Considerations: Doing the Job     117
Work with the Arts Coordinator
Copyright Considerations
Space Considerations
Scheduling Considerations
Financial and Other Resource Considerations
Directing Considerations
Extension Activities
Stay Connected
Helpful Hints
Resources for the Theatre Teacher: Discovering the Possible     133
Classroom Materials
Professional Organizations
Books, Journals, and Related Sources
Community Resources
Extension Activities
Stay Connected
Helpful Hints
Putting the Pieces Together: Communication, Collaboration, and Creation     143
What Can Young People Gain from Theatre Education?
What Qualities Will You Bring to Students as a Theatre Teacher?
Extension Activities
Stay Connected
Helpful Hints
Sample Audition and Rehearsal Communication Documents     151
Response Form for Play Selection and Resource Portfolio Rubric     157
Rubric: Resource Portfolio for the Beginning Teacher     159
Index     161
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