William Shakespeare claimed that…
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
(As You Like It Act 2, scene 7, 139–143)
If it is so, then drama should be used more often in the classroom, but sadly many people perceive drama as a waste of time. Society has associated so many negative connotations with the word ‘drama’ that as soon as we hear it, we automatically think of stage and performance and of something that will hamper the studies of our children. Well, that is certainly not the case and Drama Works Academy was developed to change this very mentality.
The implementation of drama within a classroom can have a great positive impact on a child’s development. Numerous researches conducted on this very topic have shown that drama is instrumental in the field of education. There are countless benefits of drama in education, but here we will talk about the most important ones.
By taking part in theatrical performances and performing in front of a live audience, children become more self-confident. The importance of self-confidence can never be overstated. With this confidence, a child is more likely to do well in studies with more faith in themselves. As a result, they do better than their non-art performing peers. Drama also helps in building social skills, team work, imagination, and empathy amongst the children. The benefits of these traits go beyond the classroom, and make your child better as a person.
Participation in drama also gives children a way to explore their emotions. During the education process and in performance, children express a range of emotions which encourage them to understand and deal with similar feelings that they might be going through in real life. Students can often self-reflect during this process which becomes a positive attribute.
Needless to say, taking part in drama improves the communication skills of students. A good communication skill set means that a child would not only be able to understand others but also express themselves more fluently.
Our drama class environments are set up in way that creates a safe space for students to learn, engage and experience the positive results of a “win” which then grows them in confidence!
So, my final thoughts are, taking part in drama class can help your children build on skills that are sometimes unattainable in a classroom, but are extremely imperative to succeed in life.