Throughout history drama has been seen as a tool to mirror the human condition. From Aristotle to Shakespeare, drama has been used to reflect moral issues of society and the self. The emotional response that humans feel when taking part in drama allows people to establish a deeper understanding of not only themselves but also those around them.
Drama provides an excellent scaffold to explore a variety of scenarios in a safe environment. The use of improvisation, role play, mime, music, movement and scripted drama increases awareness, reflection, emotional well-being, imaginative and creative thinking as well as social skills. All of which are key to social inclusion and academic success. This is why drama techniques are being used in the learning support classroom at British International School Hanoi; to give students a deeper understanding of social situations and the role they play as a global citizen here at British International School Hanoi.
A child’s awareness of their own emotions is important for learning about trust, negotiation and compromise. Short 10 minute drama based activities gives way to an abundance of skills that are vital to forming friendships. Through social play and drama, narratives can be created to construct and express shared meanings and understandings and explore a variety of ways to engage emotionally.
At British International School Hanoi, the learning support program is pushing for more emotional awareness within the curriculum, so that students can gain independence and learn to be accountable for their actions. Emotional engagement is crucial to successful learning and creating a safe and inclusive environment here at British International School Hanoi. Drama and emotional engagement is something that all students can benefit from; from early years to year 13; it encourages risk taking, creativity and above all promotes an independence that plays a valuable part in future achievements.
Victoria Leeper, Learning Support Teacher