Drama – Aiding the Development of Every Child

mardi-gras-masks-22866545 (2)My wish: for every child on this planet to attend a school that offers drama.

Why drama?  It is the most holistic developmental tool available.

A child doing drama at school is developed emotionally, intellectually, socially and physically.

How does drama assist the development of the individual and, by extension, the broader community? The answers are outlined below.

Ways in which the student is developed:African Mask 1

Language acquisition and development

Non-verbal communication skills are enhanced.

Empathy is developed through working with others as well through role play and the reading of literary texts. This also helps with imagination.

Co-operative and leadership skills are learnt.

Reading, writing and public speaking skills are improved.

Improvisation and drama’s overall emphasis on learning through doing helps students to think for themselves.

It is my great hope that any parent or teacher who is not already a convert to the cause of ‘drama for every child’ will research and discuss further, with a view to introducing drama at the school which their child attends. You will be so pleased you did.tAfrican masks 2

Where to find out more? There is a lot available online in the form of e-books, magazines, journals and blogs. Local libraries should have books and DVD’s. You could also interview teachers and students of the dramatic arts. I am confident you will come across a lot that supports my call of drama for every child, wherever they are on this planet. I also encourage you to look up ‘Drama in Education’, ‘Theatre in Education’ and ‘Drama as Therapy’ and the uses of ‘Drama across the Curriculum’.  It is a case of ‘seek and you shall find’, and I am confident that what you discover will encourage and empower you to push every school that doesn’t offer drama to do so. My slogan? drama for every child in every school.

With good wishes,

Andrew Pender-Smith

Teacher of dramatic arts, writer and adjudicator.

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Why the use of masks to illustrate this blog? Working with masks, preferably those made with themselves or under the guidance of a teacher, are a marvellous way of engaging in creative play free of inhibition.

I encourage you to share, share and share everything I have said here to help all children have a truly holistic education.

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