The Theater Games in this section are excerpted from Actively Engaged: Arts Integration as a Dynamic Teaching Tool, written by Priscilla Kane Hellweg and due out in 2013!
Ice Breakers and warm-ups are intended to get the creative juices and interpersonal connections flowing. They are quick explorations that awaken imagination, encourage interaction, increase circulation, and get our synapses firing. No prior training is needed. The warm-ups have proven to be incredibly useful for developing a supportive and responsible classroom community.
The theater games help students address many social dynamics in a really engaging and fun way, building their social competencies, enabling students to listen to each other, exhibit patience and self control, and work collaboratively with their peers in a focused and constructive environment.
These are foundational exercises, and as such, they can be repeated over and over to great satisfaction. These games explore the fundamentals of communication and self-expression. Students will develop interpersonal and spatial awareness, empathy and concentration.They will explore verbal and non-verbal modes of communication, and focus on creative choices and multiple perspectives.
Each time you play a game, your student’s social skills will develop further, their creative thinking skills will expand, and their sense of self will blossom.
“The theater warm-up activities are all easy to use in the classroom. I will continue to use them to develop my student’s oral communication skills, writing confidence and co-operative learning.” ~ Kindergarten teacher, Holyoke Public Schools.