NATE Classroom

Articles from No. 14, Summer

247 Tales
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] English teachers know that one of the hardest skills to teach young writers is concision. George Orwell, who knew a thing about writing, urged us, in his essay 'Politics and the English Language,' to adhere to the following...
Any English Questions? Our Regular Feature Which Invites Questions for Different Guest Respondents Each Term
1. We have a drama specialist in our school so why do I need to concern myself with drama? Because, every good teacher should use in their work the pedagogy which has developed through drama education in their work. As things stand, Drama has an...
A Pointy Reckoning: Making Sense of the Crucible with GCSE Students
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Colleagues who type the words 'The Crucible as GCSE English text' into Google or any other search engine will almost certainly first encounter AQA's 2010 PDF file suggesting approaches and activities for The Crucible; it is...
Clear-Sited
Lorna Smith's invigorating Commedia dell'Arte workshop at this year's NATE Conference reminded me how much fun drama can be, even when you don't have access to a proper studio or stage. Inspired, I've been looking at sites that will inject some drama...
Confidence Building: All the Resources Mentioned (in Bold) in This Article Are Freely Available on the Special NATE Classroom Page at Http://www.Teachit.Co.Uk/nateclassroom
I've always hated the assumption that English is not a technical subject and that anyone can teach it. This fallacy leads to the 'non-specialist' phenomenon that blights KS3 English classes in many schools. I have known some excellent non-specialists...
Drama and Group Work in KS3 English: Teaching Dracula in the Twilight Age (Or: Fangs for Nothing Stephenie Meyer!)
As an English teacher, I have fond memories of directing a chaotic and distinctly anarchic Year 8 bottom set production of A Midsummer Night's Dream using a script based on the BBC Animated Tales abridged version that I'd transcribed myself. The thing...
Drama and Neuro Linguistic Programming
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] If you, like me, have had the pleasure of teaching GCSE Drama, you'll probably recognise the frustration I felt with Kelly from 10C a few years back. Her list of misdemeanours from the first week of term included swearing...
Drama for Writing
Close up: A girl and two boys in a Year 4 class stand facing each other, motionless for a moment. The girl and one of the boys, arms out, face the other boy standing on his own. Other children gradually move in and stand close to the pair and speak...
Drama in KS4 English-Where Do You Start?
I don't class myself as a trained drama teacher. I don't think I trained to be one--not on purpose, anyway. My PGCE, way back in the mists of time, did actually have a drama component to it and my certificate says quite clearly that I am qualified...
Drama in the Primary Classroom: All the Resources Mentioned (in Bold) in This Article Are Freely Available for the Life of This Issue on the Special NATE Classroom Page At: Http://www.Teachitprimary.Co.Uk/nateclassroom
When you mention drama to some teachers, there is a collective gasp and a look of foreboding. My husband teaches English at a secondary school and recoils with horror when I reveal to him that I am planning to deliver a text using drama with a group...
Drama without Moving the Desks
There is no doubt that drama enlivens and engages children in a remarkable way. For some reason, the announcement that the teacher is going to be the Big Bad Wolf for the next 20 minutes or so can galvanise an otherwise perfectly ordinary class into...
Drama with Pictures
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Picture books have always fascinated me; illustrations have the power to engage pupils with exploring their writing at a much deeper level and, as I haven't used one in my recent practice, I decided this was the term to do...
Engagement in Literacy through Dramatic Play-Captured in Group Learning Stories
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Literacy takes place within children's everyday lives. They are surrounded by texts and literate experiences which emerge and are integrated and explored through their dramatic play. Creating a photographic learning story...
Heads out of the Sand: Developing High Level Analytical Skills through Drama
I'm not Blake and Blake's not me. The reader should only ever be concerned with Blake's thoughts and actions and the lemon-headed novelist should be hidden, ignored. If the reader, while reading, keeps thinking about the writer, then that writer has...
Inspired English Teaching
Inspired English Teaching Keith West Continuum 2010 ISBN 9781441141347 Paperback 16.99 [pounds sterling] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Keith West's Inspired English Teaching is indeed inspiring; a must for all new and training teachers,...
Lifting the Wife of Bath off the Page
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] There are two major problems for A Level students when faced with the study of a Canterbury Tale: the language, of course, but also the scale of the text, a poem that feels, at least to begin with, like a novel. There is perhaps...
Play and Script: Practical Exploration of Shakespeare's Plays and Academic Rigour to Go Hand in Hand
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Standing in the yard at the Globe on cold winter afternoons in early March, I was continually surprised and inspired by the reactions of young people to theatre. Many of the 1,500 young people at each performance had never...
Rooted in Reading-Passports for Reading
Rooted in Reading--Passports for Reading Lincolnshire School Improvement Service E.g.: 16.00 [pounds sterling] per pack of 50 KS3 Passports See full range and order from NATE www.nate.org.uk Bookshop and catalogue [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Shakespeare for Life: How Dramatising Shakespeare in English Boosts Achievement Articulacy, and Aspiration
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] First impressions are important, especially when introducing 21st-century students to 16thcentury playwrights. Teachers of Shakespeare are asked to appeal to a multimedia generation that can access entertainment from around...
Starting Drama Teaching
Starting Drama Teaching Second Edition Mike Fleming David Fulton 2003 ISBN 9781853467882 20.99 [pounds sterling] 168pp [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Starting Drama Teaching was first published in 1994, and this edition builds on the premise...
Teachit Round-Up: What's New on Teachit? What's Going on in the Teachit Staffroom? Read on to Find Out
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The False Turk
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Despite having had Drama on my timetable when I first started teaching (too many years ago to remember), I have never really seen myself as a 'proper' teacher of Drama. Whilst I firmly believe that a Shakespeare play should...
Theme for This Issue: Drama
Most teachers, of many subjects, gain from having drama approaches in their repertoire. English teachers have long recognised that drama should be at the heart of English because it produces engaged and critical thinking. And there is no reason to...
The Playmobil Hamlet
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] One of the most common pieces of feedback from A-level examiners' reports is that students are insufficiently aware of plays as pieces of stagecraft, and that this leads to significant misinterpretations. So, for instance,...