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Although it’s still (very, very) hot outside, fall is coming quickly – so you should be organizing your theatre lesson plans and planning your curriculum for the upcoming school year.
Although it may seem tempting to go by the book and continue using the same techniques from years past, you’ll benefit both yourself and your students by aiming to restructure and revitalize for the fall of 2023.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is a common phrase many believe to be true. But this belief doesn’t quite work when it comes to the ever-evolving world of theatre, and to education in general. There are a variety of reasons why you should be consistently updating your curriculum. These include:
Acting is only one component involved in the very nuanced world of theatre. If you want to give your students a truly well-rounded education, focus on other elements of theatre, including:
As you’re revamping your lesson plans for the fall, remember that focusing on diversity and inclusion is never a step in the wrong direction. Inclusion in the theatre can look like a lot of different things, including:
As you revamp your lesson plans, look back over the last few years and analyze what shows, projects, exercises, and other creative endeavors have worked for you and your students. How can you continue to utilize those practices while bringing in a new angle?
On the flip side of the coin, if you’ve tried certain practices/shows/curriculum components before and they don’t seem to work no matter how you tweak them, there’s no shame in throwing them out and trying something new.
If you know your student pool well, analyze what talents your students have that are being underutilized with your current curriculum or lesson plans.
For example, perhaps this year’s students are an excellent crop of dancers. Maybe you’ve got a handful of impressive altos, a big group that’s passionate about improv, or several students who want to learn more about lighting and sound design.
No matter the niche interests, ensure you’re taking your students’ interests – and talents – into account as you plan your new programming. This way, students stay engaged, and you produce great shows full of passionate kids. Win-win!
Before making this year’s curriculum, ask yourself what goals you’d like to accomplish this year. Creating lesson plans around the specific skills you’d like to hone, shows you’d like to do, and goals you’d like to hit will make for a productive program. Make sure to be specific and bold in your benchmark creations to create a more dynamic program for everyone involved.
Other questions to ask:
As you plan your fall curriculum, remember that you’re not alone. On The Stage provides a variety of assets for theatre professionals from all backgrounds. If you’re interested in gaining a partner on your creative journey, book a personalized demo with On The Stage today. Additionally, download our Ultimate Guide for First-Time Drama Teachers for even more tips and tricks!