Drama is not merely an activity which is performed by a specialist performer to entertain or preach people in its traditional sense. It can also be used as an effective teaching-learning tool in schools wherein it engages its participant at physical, emotional, mental and social levels, simultaneously. Drama provides its participants an optimum opportunity to exercise their autonomy and consciousness in a safe and fictional space created in a particular context, while also helping teachers becoming critical thinkers in real-life situations.
In order to orient and promote the use of theatre as an important teaching -learning medium, on February 15 & 16, a workshop on the topic 'Creative Drama in Education' was conducted by HPPI at the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Jhansi.
40 student-teachers and 4 teacher-educators participated in this workshop, which was facilitated by Abhishek Kumar of HPPI.
The workshop was divided into three units, covering the following topics:
Unit One - Introduction and Context building:
- Discussion around the terms- ‘Theatre’, ‘Drama’, ‘Process of Drama’ and ‘Experience of dramatic act’
- Various body movement and theatre games
- Role of body movement in education – an important argument by Ravindra Nath Tagore
Unit Two - Exploring Drama for Learning:
- Frozen picture/Still image
Unit Three - Reflection and Way Forward:
- Imaging your Story
- Reflection on the Process and Ideas of Application
The workshop introduced the participants to the foundational idea of Creative Drama in Classroom by using different dramatic tools, experiences and discussion. The workshop aimed at equipping the participants with the tools of dramatic expression applicable to both the pedagogical purposes and to the preparation of performances (exhibition purposes), while also facilitating a perspective on the art of drama as complimentary medium of education relevant for student-teachers, teachers and teacher-educators working in the field of school education.
All the participants found the experience novel and immensely engaging.
The workshop was first in the series of Creative Drama in Education workshops conducted by HPPI as a part of its Education Programmes.