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Using drama with deaf children every day

Posted on | January 23, 2011 | 1 Comment

Up until now it might seem that the development of personal, social and emotional skills is the only forum in which I use drama with deaf children.

This is not true and I thought it might be useful to record different parts of the curriculum for which I incorporate the use of drama. Perhaps others will join in, because I have reason to think there’s a fair few out there using drama in different ways and for different reasons. The workshops I led in Birmingham recently were proof of this. One secondary┬áteacher said that he used drama to teach elements of Science. What an excellent idea.

Just at the moment I am doing some ‘instructional work’ with a Year 6 girl. It’s to prepare her for transition into secondary school where she may have to become less reliant on a teaching assistant and more focused on the different teachers’ instructions. Initially I thought I would just set her a different set of instructions each week – drawing margins, titles, different sorts of dates, tables and graphs. But then I hit on the idea of doing it as role play: she would choose a name for me (‘Mrs Rainbow’, as it turned out – make of that what you will) and I would deliver instuctions as this fictional teacher. This has made it a lot of fun and the child in question has entered into the spirit of the challenge with more enthusiasm than might otherwise have been the case.

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One Response to “Using drama with deaf children every day”

  1. Danni
    February 5th, 2013 @ 10:45 pm

    Hi

    Have u done many workshops on drama with deaf children? if so have you used sensory and story telling as a technique to teach drama?

    Thanks

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