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Favorite end of class activity....

  • 1.  Favorite end of class activity....

    Posted 09-09-2019 14:35
    Today, we had extra time in class...(doesn't happen often)
    What is your favorite end of class activity?
    We will begin Improv games in our 2nd 9weeks. So once they learn a game or two I easily
    fill with improv...

    Would like to add to my bag of tricks!


    Erika Trahan
    Kaplan LA

  • 2.  RE: Favorite end of class activity....

    Posted 09-09-2019 15:41
    Not every group is into it, but I have a couple of classes that love a quick guided relaxation session.  Every time there are a few minutes at the end of class they beg me.   I have lots of prompts, but I typically have everyone lie on the floor, or sit in a chair if they aren't comfortable, close eyes or just turn their attention inward. Then I ask them to breathe and do an inventory of tension in their bodies and invite that tension to release.  Then I might invite them to visualize a place, real or imagined, where they feel at peace and relaxed.  I ask them to remember or imagine all the sensory details: smells, sensations, sights, sounds, maybe even tastes. Usually, we end by taking a snapshot of the place, so they can return whenever they want and then slowly coming back into the room. 10-15 minutes is ideal for this, and I have gone for as long as 30 minutes, but I find a 5-minute mini-session can bring noticeable results: deeper breathing, more relaxed faces and bodies.  One student told me it helped her on test the following period. Sometimes students fall asleep, and I am ok with that because it is about what they need in the moment.

    Elana Kepner
    Theatre Instructor
    The Oakwood School
    Greenville NC

  • 3.  RE: Favorite end of class activity....

    Posted 09-10-2019 05:42
    When that happens before we get to improv I will generally do some whole group games ... like Zip, Zap, Zop or Clap Around or Beast Bird Fish and one where they turn to a student near by and great them as if ..... (fill in the blank) and we tried a new one yesterday where a student would point intentionally at one student and say “you” and they would cross to that student’s position in the circle while simultaneously the student who was pointed at does the same with another student and so on ... they are all great for teaching focus, eye contact and concentration under pressure.

    Toni Thomas
    English & Theatre Teacher & Director
    Ogemaw Heights High School

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  • 4.  RE: Favorite end of class activity....

    Posted 09-10-2019 08:45
    We end every class with a short mindfulness journal entry.  It helps students "wind down" from the fast paced drama class and gives us a few moments to focus on our mental well being.  I have journals pre-made that they keep in class so this activity only takes us about 5-10 minutes.

    Erienne Wredt
    Drama Teacher
    Omaha NE