Let's take improvisation as an example. It's easy, right?! You show up with almost no materials, you think up skit themes on the spot and presto you have an improv class. (At least that's what it felt like as a student) I realize now that you need to have props with you for certain skits, parameters for the students and playing cards already designed. It's great to get students involved in coming up with playing cards but I often find at the beginning of the year their ideas are too specific to allow for great improv.
So step one this summer has been creating those great playing cards that I will be able to turn to in an instant as a warm up activity or an entire unit on improvisation. Here is an example of one:
Since I know that my students will be participating in an improv competition later in the year, I designed 100 cards to reflect all the information they will need to be familiar with before then. However, at the beginning of the year, I am very likely to simply use the Titre field for ideas and ignore the rest until students are ready.
So I am curious, what do you do to prepare for a successful drama class?
p.s. If you are interested in the improv cards, the image above will take you to my TpT store where the cards are
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