And here we are! Ending this chapter of the project we started in September. For my last post on the blog I would like to talk about what we did in the last middle group.
First of all I have to say that the location of the lesson was in the gym instead of in a regular classroom and what we were going to do there was more related with a theatre or body expression class than with a literature lesson. At the beginning we all were a little bit shy and afraid of doing what Raquel asked but little by little we were more relaxed.
Although the lesson was different and I felt a bit confusing it was really funny, enjoyable and original. We all participated in a very active way being volunteers or being a part of a performance, and I thought…why not using this with primary students to develop literature? It may seem crazy or difficult to carry it out but not impossible, besides it has a lot of adaptations for everything we want to teach.
So what are the advantages of using theater in school?
-It develops children imagination, creativity and the different ways of expression, not only language using all the senses.
-It gives advantages to the relationships between peers and the teacher.
-Children assimilate better the concepts and knowledge if they have to represent any idea of a subject.
-Doing theater in the class help students to talk in front of an audience, being more self-confident, to get over shyness and to express their ideas and feelings.
-It reinforces the academic task as language, reading and literature through theater plays and roles.
-Using theater in the classroom introduce children into art and history.
Some of these ideas are from a very interesting blog I found called Tiching Blog and I recommend you to take it a look. Here is the link http://blog.tiching.com/el-teatro-una-herramienta-mas-en-el-aula/
In my opinion we should use more theatre in class and body language because it has a lot of advantage we can use in many different ways. It was very nice to do all those activities and think how we could adapt them to a literature class. I enjoyed so much the lesson, the hours flied and I learnt a lot.