Too Much Homework Counterproductive, Study Finds

A senior lecturer at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University has published a study that finds too much nightly homework for high school students is counterproductive. The survey of over 4,000 students from ten high-performing high schools from upper middle class Californian communities also cited prior studies...

The Arts: Australian Curriculum (final) Published

Several years in the making, today represents the publication of Drama as one of the five studies of The Arts represented in the new Australian Curriculum. It should indeed be a day to celebrate, especially when one considers countries, state or territories where Drama/Theatre is not a mandated subject...

Why Drama Is Different

Have you ever wondered why some of your students love drama so much at school? Because it is different to every other subject they study. Collaboration and Problem Solving The very nature of the contemporary classroom in most subjects demands collaborative learning. From group discussion to whole-class projects, students today...

New Drama Victoria Web Forum

For local readers of The Drama Teacher, a new school year brings with it a new support forum from your teaching association, Drama Victoria. The new web forum is only available to current members of Drama Victoria and is password-protected for teacher use, only. Sections (‘groups’) on the forum...

The Great Escape

drama class year 9 escape written all over their faces maths science history arrived at Drama sanctuary for some utopia for others unusually large number of students in this class love drama to the max devour activities at lightning speed always wanting more nothing special in my teaching just...

Empowering Students

I currently teach a Year 7 Drama class like I’ve rarely experienced in my twenty-four years as a high school drama teacher. At this level of schooling one expects enthusiasm, but when most of the class has only just turned thirteen, I wasn’t expecting commitment and maturity well beyond...

New Research Shows Arts Participation at School Benefits Learning

New research, jointly conducted by the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Australia Council for the Arts, has revealed student participation in the arts at school significantly benefits learning in a number of important areas. The study, based on 643 primary and high school...

Lego School Based On Play

Catching up on a bit of professional reading last week, I came across an article by Jo Earp in the excellent Australian Teacher Magazine about the world’s first Lego school in Denmark.┬áThe doors of The International School of Billund were opened to 75 young children in August this year....

How To Keep Performance Assessment in Drama Objective

It has been a week or so since my last post on The Drama Teacher. Why? Blame the end of semester assessment and reporting! 133 school reports later, I have finally come up for air. Trudging along in the middle of my little reporting marathon, I was reminded of...

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