Part of last week as well a the last few days before Thanksgiving break in drama class we played a new game I purchased for the fine arts program: the new charades game, Anything Goes. Here’s a description:
Yes it has a lot of rules, and oh my, yes, it is silly. But there is something about it that really appeals to my students. There are lots of steps to what you might think should be a pretty simple game, but that seems to help them exercise their cognizance of turn taking and help them with their attention to the rights and responsibilities of the others involved in the game. And having to perform two different unrelated actions at once is great for their helping them release their inhibitions around risk taking and being physical in front of the other kids.
I love watching them as they progress not only in their ability to be creative in body and face and voice, but as they learn to think of each other and to be more aware of what passes for acceptable behavior (to their peers, yes, but also to their teacher) and how good the developing supportiveness of their peers makes them feel.
Yep. What else could be more important for them to learn in Drama Class?