“Drama is exposure; it is confrontation; it is contradiction and it leads to analysis, construction, recognition and eventually to an awakening of understanding.”
To stimulate creativity, smart learning, critical thinking and logical reasoning in students, drama plays a pivotal role in the education process. It can be used as an effective teaching-learning tool in the classroom. With this aim in mind, a workshop for DPS faculty on the implementation of Training in Drama was organized at HRDC DPS Society, Noida on June 24 and June 25, 2022. Forty teachers teaching Grades VI-XII from DPS Schools across India including DPS Greater Faridabad faculty (English Department) Ms. Rachna Kumar participated in this workshop.
The session commenced with a warm welcome by Ms. Vanita Sehgal, Executive Director, DPSS- HRDC followed by the introduction of our accomplished and dynamic resource people, Mr. Anirudh Dhanian & Mr. Aman Sehgal from BJAS (Barry John Acting Studio in Delhi & Mumbai).
The resource person started with an introduction to Drama and what it is all about. He discussed the various fineries associated with Drama like movement of the body, voice modulation, gestures and eye-contact. He engaged teachers in many enlivening games and made each one present, participate enthusiastically. This helped them to come out of their shells and acquire the basic skills of Drama which they would impart to their young learners and use them as ice breaking activities or effective teaching pedagogy.
Brief on participatory Games facilitated during the Workshop:
- Ice breaking session-(breathing exercises, memorizing the names, walk in various styles, announce your name in a unique style)
- Spin a yarn (build a story)
- Mirror Activity (object-reflection)
- Teaching different subject topics in innovative ways using drama and theater
- Zip-Zap-Zope (clap on right, clap on left, clap in front respectively towards people standing in a circle – to enhance concentration, coordination, attention, focus)
- Inhale and utter vowels – a, e, i, o, u
- Depicting a story through still images
- Simon Says – sit, pause, cry, laugh, freeze, walk -slow, fast, backward, right, left, etc.
- Enacting memorable childhood memories in the form of a story
- ‘Role Play’- This activity not only helps the children become better thinkers and storytellers in the future but it also develops in them the confidence to engage with others in healthy interactions.
The session culminated with an enlightening speech by the Chairman DPS Society, Mr. V.K. Shunglu who handed over the participation certificates to all the participants of the workshop. It was indeed a stimulating and edifying workshop which concluded on a cheerful note and self-realization that there is so much more to learn, drama being one of the imperative tools.