Originally developed for deaf children, this innovative and successful drama programme addressing personal, social and emotional needs can benefit all children in primary schools. The interactive and lively ideas cover a variety of themes from empathy to assertiveness. Bringing together the expertise of a drama teacher and the skills of a teacher of the deaf, the book provides an unconventional way of exploring human concerns.
Session 4: Empathy
- To explore strategies for dealing with anger.
- To introduce the idea that one can think before acting.
- To introduce the idea that alternative choices can be made in difficult situations.
- To practise these alternatives.
Materials and Preparation
- Flipchart and pens (for ‘Ifeel calm when …’ and ‘Thinking and choosing’)
- Use ‘Thinking and choosing’ from the CD-ROM. Make enough copies for one for each pair minus one because one pair will be acting the scene out and will not need a sheet.
Introductory Name Game
I Feel Calm When
Get the children to sit in a circle. Ask them to think about things that make them feel calm. This time tell the children that they can have their go in any order (because some children may need more thinking time than others). ...