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My Personal Project - Anastasia Kouts

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Week 9, Term Two, 2020

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My name is Anastasia Kouts, and for my Year 10 Personal Project I decided to combine my love for the performing arts and young children to teach some drama classes to youngsters aged six to 10. I am also writing a guidebook on teaching drama to young people full of drama games, activities, lesson plans and scripts.

Each lesson is 45 minutes and is designed to introduce the performing arts in a fun way and bring out the creativity and confidence in the children. I have been very fortunate in having the opportunity to teach Somerset’s very own Year 2s. They were the perfect age group to introduce drama to, as they were old enough to understand instructions and fully be involved in the games and activities I presented. It was amazing to see their growth in confidence and dramatic ability in such a short amount of time, and the bond I was lucky to create with each child was incredible!

Prior to this Project, I had never taught classes larger than eight people and younger than the age of 11. Naturally, this was as much of a learning experience for me as it was for the children I was teaching. I had to figure out how to make sure that the sessions I ran were fun and somewhere the children could let their creativity free, while maintaining structure and order in the classroom. This was definitely a challenge at times, as sometimes they would get a little too into the activities and I would need to get their attention, without yelling. With a little help from (amazing) supervising teachers, I managed to get the hang of it, and by the end everything was running as smooth as it possibly could be.

As mentioned previously, the guidebook I am writing is a step-by-step guide on how to teach drama to young children. It includes; instructions to drama games, warm-ups and activities, carefully planned out lesson plans and scripts that are appropriate for the aged of six to 10. Ultimately, this is a book designed to make a drama teacher’s job easier, by having everything in one place. To finish this product, I need to continue building up the variety of age-appropriate scripts and print and laminate the book.

Overall, I have gained and shared many skills and created long-lasting memories for both the children I shared this experience with, and myself, and I am very grateful for this opportunity Somerset has presented.

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