Drama in Education – Igniting Creativity
Leave two children together in a room with no computer or a video game. In an hour, you will find them playing together playing roles, pretending to be ‘someone’ – ‘anyone’. We believe drama comes naturally to a child. We often see kids playing ‘house’, creating a story of their own, making a situation and getting along with it, until, of course, their mood sits back.
A Simple Definition
Drama is a unique style of writing. It is much more than a mere performance of a script. It is a tool to explore and express various emotions that reside within us. At times, it is difficult to talk about those emotions, especially for a child. The composition of a story often helps the child to fight the challenges, opportunities and rhythm of what and how of any circumstance in their life.
An Experience if its Own
Drama is the most significant model of teaching. It is ways of letting a child understand his/her surroundings with an open mind and not through the age-old concepts. For a child, it is an important mean of stimulating creativity through a hypothetical scenario which helps them deal with everyday life in a certain way.
Children (of any age) often take part in a play in schools performing what they are asked to. They are guided by the teachers to out doing their best of capability. The best part is that they love the idea of learning things that are creative and new. This makes drama an experience of its own. It lets the child believe in him/herself. They can be anyone. They can be someone. They can understand themselves, their society in a better way, and shape a new change if need be.
How is Drama Important in Education?
Drama in education is equally important because it is a mean of communication, an interpretation of an idea, a creative vision that helps them change one’s ambiance. To put a light here, dramatic exploration provides a student an outlet for emotions, thoughts, and dreams. It helps a student to become ‘another’, exploring someone new, experiment, help resolve real life problems (personal or social) from the perspective of a given character’s life.
Since drama requires self-control, this leads a student to get into a rhythm that helps them on a longer front – and what other art form is more truly compelling to do so? It is a tool for preparing a student to live and work in a world that is increasingly becoming team oriented. Drama above all helps a student to attain perseverance, be more empathetic and compassionate and also helps in how to express oneself.
Drama in Education at DPSG Sushant Lok
DPSG Sushant Lok has recently introduced ‘drama’ in their education curriculum. Setting aside the cliché, where the concentration of any schools these days is – higher the percentage better is the ranking of the school. DPSG – SL however, aims to focus more on the whole development of a child – mentally, emotionally and academically. It is quite important to let the child see the world around him/her through a creative mind.
Ms. Rashmi Prakash, School Principal brought in Ms. Riya Soni, who has taken the charge of this wonderful project – Drama in Education. Coming from a background of performing arts, she is an actor/theater performer, a professional dancer, a counselor, and now a drama teacher at DPSG – SL. She uses drama as a core medium to teach various subjects such as English, Hindi, Science, Social/Life science and also Mathematics. According to her, it helps the students understand the basic concept of any subject in broader terms using latest news and examples as a key reference. She also brought in the idea of incorporating drama with a social cause and creating a story around it, and students performing in various events and function that takes part in the school and outside throughout the year. She has also added a refreshing vibe of adding drama as an additional flavor to the daily assembly, putting stereotypical ‘only singing prayer’ in the school assembly, aside.
It has been observed since the time drama has been an active mode of teaching method here in the school, students have been much more alert, responsive and at times, they proactively initiate creative ideas. As a teacher and a counselor, Ms. Soni feels that drama is an alternative way to access a student’s overall performance. There are times when some students can’t make sense of specific things around them, and they fidget or appear to be restless, to make things easy and right for them – drama fits in. Drama can be used to preview or review a lesson; further allowing teachers to assess what students already know or have learned.
Drama in education accomplishes several goals here. To begin with, it helps enriching student’s school life experience through a course of art and performance; igniting creativity amongst them and also reinforcing traditional academics.