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At My Wits' End.... trying to enthuse the kids.

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lindenlea, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    Isn't this the crux of it. You're doing your best but it takes time. Keep it up and I think things will improve. Stick with it.
  2. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Speaking from a Supply viewpoint can I say that Drama is absolutely my least favourite subject to cover. To my mind it has potentially career damaging Health and Safety issues similar to those of PE, and (as a non-specialist) I wouldn't dream of covering PE on my own. I cringe at the prospect of covering any Drama lessons involving performance in a big open space which is usually piled high with old ****, props, furniture and stuff for kids to meddle with.

    My eternal respect to anyone who daily manages and gets good results from kids taking Drama, but without proper specialist training and experience it's a complete no-win situation for most Supply staff, regardless of their general teaching skill and competence, so don't judge us too harshly.
  3. Announce they are all going to do a performance. Sit back and wait for them all to kick off and then congratulate them on giving a first class performance demonstrating anti social behaviour. Explain that was just what you wanted them to do but were afraid to ask in case they all turned out to be wll behaved.
    Silence for a few seconds while they work out what you are saying and then, with luck, you'll have them on side and willing to give it a go
    I tried this with a group once - not drama - they all saw the funny side and were very involved thereafter.
  4. I totally appreciate this. And I know drama and PE are a nightmare for supply... I hate covering PE myself!

    However, if what I am told is true, the cover they had WAS a drama specialist... eek!!

    Thanks all for your help. Some of the things suggested I may be able to implement. I'm having a tough time here anyway and not much enjoying it generally so I think this whole situation seems to big for me right now cause I can't get past how I'm not enjoying it here generally... if that makes sense?
  5. I love the flashmob idea. I also think that it is very early days and will take time, you Will get a handle on it but not right away. Like someone else said, give yourself some time with them to do stuff not based in putting themselves out there straight away, but all the other stuff. I have done a fair bit of drama cover and it aint easy! I think that maybe after one good production has been done in the school, then interest will go up maybe? When they see down the line that it can really result in something great.That doesn't happen all at once.It takes time.
  6. I've just received my copy of Sue Cowley's 'Getting the B*****s into Drama' (still waiting on second book) and so far it's very good although she suggests a game called 'Poor *****' which would never work in any school i ever worked in... I shall adapt it to poor cat!

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