Creative Dramatics and the Multiple Intelligences

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Differentiated instruction is a genuinely important concept in today’s classrooms, and that is because it enables teachers to reach all different types of learners. Creative dramatics opens a door for differentiated instruction. Creative drama includes, but is not limited to, the following: plays, acting out stories, going on imaginative journeys, a wide variety of games, and musical and movement activities. There is a copious amount of learning possibilities when incorporating creative drama into the classroom. Using differentiation in lesson planning to take advantage of these possibilities will help teachers reach the variety of multiple intelligences that is in their classrooms.
In 1983, Howard Gardner came up with the theory of multiple intelligences. According to Gardner, intelligence is: the ability to solve problems that one encounters in real life; the ability to generate new problems to solve; and the ability to make something or offer a service that is valued with one’s culture (Hine). Initially, he came up with seven different intelligences that children develop, and they are verbal linguistic, logical/mathematical, musical, visual/spatial, body/kinesthetic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal. Today, education focuses mainly on reading and writing, the verbal/linguistic and logical/mathematical intelligences. While both of these are indubitably important to the curriculum, they should not be considered any more important than the other intelligences. Gardner’s theory says that everyone is smart in each intelligence; the difference from one individual to another is what intelligence(s) they are strongest in and which one(s) could be developed more. Gardner believes that by teaching to all intelligences, students are exp...

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...instruction. Using creative drama in classrooms offers a plethora of activity options for teachers so they can reach all multiple intelligences. That way, each student is given the chance to learn through the intelligence(s) that best fits him/her and can also develop skills in other areas that he/she may not excel in.

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Hulse, Erin. “Creative Drama and Differentiated Instruction.” Albuquerque Public Schools. Albuquerque Public Schools, 2014. Web. 10 Apr. 2014.
“Why Use Drama Games or Theater Games?” Drama Education Network. Drama Education Network, 2013. Web. 19 Apr. 2014.

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