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DRAMA + MATH = DRAMATH

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Date Issued:
2011
Abstract/Description:
Arts-Across-the-Curriculum is gaining popularity in the field of education as arts programs are being cut from schools and teachers look for ways to incorporate art in their classroom. Most of these teachers have minimal formal arts training, but recognize the importance of introducing their students to various fine arts disciplines. These educators seek opportunities to learn new ways to bring arts to their students and may bring teaching artists into their classrooms to teach students or teachers. The clear connection between drama and the core subjects of history and literature allow teaching artists to easily create units utilizing both curriculum areas. Mathematics does not present clear connections to drama and the prevalence of mathematics anxiety, especially in the arts, prevents connections from being made. As an educator, theatre artist and lover of mathematics, Arts-Across-the-Curriculum provides me a opportunity to meld these together as a way to help young people find excitement in their education. Partnering with a fourth grade teacher, I developed a unit of lesson plans using playwriting as a way to understand word problems that was user-friendly for a teacher with no arts training. The Dramath Unit was integrated into the class as part of regular curriculum taught by the participating classroom teacher. Based on feedback from the participating teacher, I revised the unit for future use.
Title: DRAMA + MATH = DRAMATH.
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Name(s): Bryson, Lucy, Author
Weaver, Earl, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2011
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Arts-Across-the-Curriculum is gaining popularity in the field of education as arts programs are being cut from schools and teachers look for ways to incorporate art in their classroom. Most of these teachers have minimal formal arts training, but recognize the importance of introducing their students to various fine arts disciplines. These educators seek opportunities to learn new ways to bring arts to their students and may bring teaching artists into their classrooms to teach students or teachers. The clear connection between drama and the core subjects of history and literature allow teaching artists to easily create units utilizing both curriculum areas. Mathematics does not present clear connections to drama and the prevalence of mathematics anxiety, especially in the arts, prevents connections from being made. As an educator, theatre artist and lover of mathematics, Arts-Across-the-Curriculum provides me a opportunity to meld these together as a way to help young people find excitement in their education. Partnering with a fourth grade teacher, I developed a unit of lesson plans using playwriting as a way to understand word problems that was user-friendly for a teacher with no arts training. The Dramath Unit was integrated into the class as part of regular curriculum taught by the participating classroom teacher. Based on feedback from the participating teacher, I revised the unit for future use.
Identifier: CFE0003618 (IID), ucf:48871 (fedora)
Note(s): 2011-05-01
M.F.A.
Arts and Humanities, Department of Theatre
Masters
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Subject(s): Arts-Across-the-Curriculum
Mathematics Education
Theatre Education
Word Problems
Drama-Across-the-Curriculum
Playwriting
Dramath
Lesson Plans
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0003618
Restrictions on Access: campus 2014-04-01
Host Institution: UCF

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