I began my career as a secondary drama and English teacher but have meandered into primary education where I can use my love of drama to promote literacy. I am passionate about using picture books to spark creativity and get students engaged with stories and reading. Here I shall attempt to make sense of what I do by throwing out some ideas and strategies. I do not claim to have invented all of it – but have developed these activities through much research (while completing a Master of Education) and classroom experience.
Picture books can open doors to the world, teaching about culture and life. They can start discussion and role plays about emotional well being and tap in to those difficult life experiences. Best of all, in their brevity, picture books can be used constantly at all years levels – with differing results.
I believe there is a place for drama in every classroom. Primary teachers can use drama in so many ways to navigate through the curriculum and create and maintain interest. First and foremeost, in the early years the use of drama will increase confidence in all students as they face the challenges of making sense of language and learning to read.
I hope you find these resources helpful.