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09 September 2008 @ 07:14 am
Starting School Blues  
This is my thirteenth year to teach.  It's my eleventh year to teach theatre, and my fourth year to teach playwriting, and I have to say, I'm a little burnt out.  I haven't felt like lesson planning, haven't felt like preparing... haven't felt like anything, really. 

There's not much to do to prepare for the playwriting class, anyway.  It's a very organic process; we write.  We write usually whatever spews forth from their (or my) minds.  Sometimes it's scary, but more often than not, it's great. 

But the acting class... grah. Every lesson that I'd like to teach, or project that I'd like to do, spans more than 1 class period.  And this is a private academy.  I teach the junior high and high school classes, the regular ones; these are the kids that are just doing it for fun, that aren't in it for the long haul.  So there's no guarantee that every student will be there for every class.  And they sure as heck aren't going to memorize anything.

I'm sorry, it bores the crap out of me. I can do it, and they'll have fun, but I'm bored stiff and really find myself dreading it.

So, that said, did any of you take theatre in high school?  Was there any activity that you liked doing more than another?  I might be desperate here for something to hold my attention.
 
 
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(Anonymous) on September 9th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
An Idea...
Erm, sorry to be lurking around, but I saw your post and couldn't resist giving you a suggestion.

I took theatre while in high school, and we had an activity that we all enjoyed. it consisted of: having two volunteers and blindfolding them, so that they really couldn't see (this is very important). After blindfolding them, we would spread crinkled paper on the floor, create obstacles with things that would make noise when bumped into or that would fall if bumped etc. Then, we would place the two volunteers on opposite sides of the room and then, they had to find each other.

Another thing we did was to blindfold one student and the rest would scatter throughout the room. (The blindfolded student would choose someone to find). Then, off he goes. Every time he touched a person, the (touched) person would have to make a noise (any noise), and the blindfolded student would have to decide whether or not this person was the one he chose to find.

Those were the most successful activities we had (that I can remember now), and we all loved it. I sincerely hope it helps...
I'm just me: Dante DMC- *sigh*airmidm on September 9th, 2008 01:38 pm (UTC)
I don't know that it will help much, but I always enjoyed watching a performance- even a movie version- and then acting out small scenes from it. I also liked watching a movie version (like Hamlet or Romeo an Juliet) and then picking my favourite character to discuss with the class. I don't know if the kids you teach would be interested, but we also did a project- mostly in class- where we laid out our costume choices.
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on September 9th, 2008 04:44 pm (UTC)
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I'm just me: embrace the suckairmidm on September 9th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)
Aww! I hate it when it does that! :(
Adelagiaadelagia on September 9th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
I never took theatre, but in the high school I last worked at, the kids really loved doing improv games.
(Anonymous) on September 9th, 2008 01:52 pm (UTC)
An Idea...
Erm, sorry to be lurking around, but I saw your post and couldn't resist giving you a suggestion.

I took theatre while in high school, and we had an activity that we all enjoyed. it consisted of: having two volunteers and blindfolding them, so that they really couldn't see (this is very important). After blindfolding them, we would spread crinkled paper on the floor, create obstacles with things that would make noise when bumped into or that would fall if bumped etc. Then, we would place the two volunteers on opposite sides of the room and then, they had to find each other.

Another thing we did was to blindfold one student and the rest would scatter throughout the room. (The blindfolded student would choose someone to find). Then, off he goes. Every time he touched a person, the (touched) person would have to make a noise (any noise), and the blindfolded student would have to decide whether or not this person was the one he chose to find.

Those were the most successful activities we had (that I can remember now), and we all loved it. I sincerely hope it helps...
nbaekernbaeker on September 9th, 2008 05:28 pm (UTC)
Improv. Stage-fighting. :)
Jazsekuh: Team Pizjazsekuh on September 10th, 2008 12:41 pm (UTC)
I did take a theatre class in high school but I don't really remember much about it, probably because it was theatre for one semester and then it switched over to a speech writing class. However, I remember one particular assignment in English that I really liked. We got broken down into groups and each group had to do an entire act of MacBeth. Our group found the play rather boring, so to spice it up a little we turned our act into a musical.

Also in my Spanish class we had to do dialogues and my friends and I were always pretty creative. We had certain parameters such as Holiday vocab or Beach vocab. My friend and I got pretty creative with one that we called Free Jawst Away (Free Will + Jaws + Castaway). We even made a boat and had a volleyball named Wilbur.