Course Description

No matter what your experience of drama is at the moment, I can assure you that you can effectively lead the exercises in this course with your class. The very fact that you are here right now shows that you value drama and that your pupils will benefit from your new upcoming ideas!  

The exercises in this course are aimed at pupils aged 7-12 but can be adapted for younger or older pupils.

  • The Drama Box Online is an online CPD/CLPL training course for individual primary teachers which they can work through at their own pace within their own individual account.
  • You can click and buy as an individual just now, or to buy this course in discounted bulk (4 or more users) for your school, college, university or authority please email: hello@kirstenmccrossan.com
  • If your Head Teacher, Manager or Lead Booker has given you a pre-paid code, simply click on that URL code and go to 'Enroll for free'.
  • The Drama Box is a Quality Assured Creative Partner of The Creativity Portal by Education Scotland & Creative Scotland. 


The training for each exercise comes in three main sections:

1. Introductory videos with myself, where I discuss and describe the upcoming exercise, peppered with visual clips of the exercises in action with various classes, so you can sit back and listen to an overview.

2. Videos of the exercise in action, where you can see the full exercise led by myself with a group of pupils. This brings the exercise to life and allows you to see exactly how the exercise may look in action.

3. Extensive downloadable notes which include explanations; example teaching scripts; ideas for delivering at three different levels (getting a solid foundation, consolidating learning and taking ownership); an ideas bank to give some creative starting points and ideas for using within interdisciplinary learning. You are more than welcome to print these out so they are handy for whenever you need them.

Other sections that may feature for different exercises include:

  • Recap explainer videos, very short simple animated videos to recap the main points.
  • 'Skills' notes, highlighting the specific skills and learning an exercise encourages. This section has an optional extra of specific notes for the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence (CfE Notes) including the E's & O's and Benchmarks. 
  • 'Class Management' notes, outlining possible issues which may arise and tips to prevent them.

Depending on your own personal style of learning, training needs and time available; you may wish to use only the videos in action (2) or only the downloadable notes (3) however, if you have the time and wish an in depth understanding of each exercise, I highly recommend completing all four sections and all accompanying notes and text.

Other Features & Benefits of the Course:

-You will have a full 365 days of access to the course from when you sign up!

-There is a space within the course for you to create a discussion and ask questions, making this course an interactive and living resource.

-Your pupils will love you even more for skilling-up in such fun, immersive drama which will provide them with much fun, energy, confidence and lasting memories!




The Drama Box

The Drama Box was created by managing director Kirsten McCrossan. Kirsten is a dedicated and passionate drama practitioner who established The Drama Box to help promote more drama across education by providing fun, relaxed and useful training sessions that are uplifting, confidence-building and a good laugh too! She has built a team of like-minded individuals who are passionate about the nurturing, creative and pupil-led approach to drama which Kirsten is an advocate for.   The Drama Box has developed an Online Learning Area which includes our brand new Online Drama Starter Pack, our Teachers' Online Course and our Drama Progression Framework. The Online Drama Starter Pack has been designed for both educators who are not sure where to begin when it comes to exploring and delivering drama and for those who are looking for some inspiration!"Nothing short of inspirational." Peter Kelly, Curriculum Development Officer, South Lanarkshire Council"Kirsten is an expert in her field. Her working results are incredible to witness and she has had some of the most outstanding comments from Ofsted Inspectors who have assessed her workshops. Kirsten is a true professional and a credit to the arts." Angela Salkeld, Theatre Arts School Owner, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne"Kirsten's deliverance of techniques needed for improv comedy and acting in general are some of the best and most unique ways I've been taught at drama." Calum Johnston, Former Pupil, Musselburgh, East Lothian"The confidence my son has in performance now, definitely stems from the nurturing approach delivered by Kirsten in the beginning. I highly recommend drama for all children and especially recommend Kirsten." Jane Chrumka, Parent of Former Pupil, Edinburgh City

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction

    • Hello & Welcome!

    • How the course is structured.

    • Terms of Use

  • 2

    First Up... The Warm-Up!

    • The Warm Up: Introduction

  • 3

    Warm-Up Part 1: Start, Stop, Switch & Clap

    • Creativity...

    • Start, Stop, Switch & Clap: Introduction

    • The Skills Involved/CfE Notes

    • Start, Stop, Switch, Clap: In Action

    • Start, Stop, Switch & Clap: Recap

    • Notes on Class Management

    • Start, Stop, Switch & Clap: Downloadable Notes

    • Well Done!

  • 4

    Warm-Up Part 2: People to People

    • You can't use up creativity...

    • People to People: Introduction

    • The Skills Involved/CfE Notes

    • People to People: In Action

    • People to People: Recap

    • Notes on Class Management

    • People to People: Downloadable Notes

    • Woo Hoo!

  • 5

    Warm-Up Part 3: Vocal Warm-Up

    • Find your voice...

    • Vocal Warm-Up: Introduction

    • Example Sound 1: Aaagh!

    • Example Sound 2: Aww!

    • Example Sound 3: Eww!

    • Remote Control Technique

    • Remote Control Technique: Recap

    • The Skills Involved/CfE Notes

    • Vocal Warm-Up: In Action

    • Vocal Warm-Up: Recap

    • Vocal Warm-Up: Downloadable Notes

    • Yee Ha!

  • 6

    Warm-Up Part 4: On Stage

    • Super Important Quote

    • What is Presenting & Performing?

    • On Stage: Introduction

    • The Skills Involved/CfE Notes

    • On Stage: In Action

    • On Stage: Recap

    • On Stage: Downloadable Notes

    • A-mazing!

  • 7

    Full Warm-Up

    • Full Warm-Up (Longer Example)

    • Full Warm-Up (Shorter Example)

    • Warm-Up Complete!

  • 8

    Section Two: The Image Game

    • Making is an act of faith...

    • What is Movement?

    • The Skills Involved/CfE Notes

    • Image Game: Introduction

    • Image Game: In Action

    • Notes on Class Management

    • The Image Game: Downloadable Notes

    • Section Two Complete! Ta Dah!

  • 9

    Thirdly... Improvisation!

    • What is Improvisation?

  • 10

    Section Three: Improvisation - Part 1: Introduction

    • Imagination...

    • Improvisation: Introduction

    • Introduction to Improvisation: Downloadable Notes

    • Easy!

  • 11

    Improvisation Part 2: Starter Lines

    • Starter Lines: Introduction

    • The Skills Involved/CfE Notes

    • Starter Line Example 1: Beetle

    • Starter Line Example 2: Box

    • Starter Line Example 3: Diva

    • Starter Lines (with full class): In Action

    • Starter Lines: Downloadable Notes

    • The sky is the limit?

  • 12

    Improvisation Part 3: Improtate

    • Improtate: Introduction & In Action

  • 13

    Section Four: The Blank Page/Blank Stage

    • Permission to dream...

    • Blank Page/Blank Stage: Introduction

    • Blank Page/Blank Stage: In Action

    • Blank Page/Blank Stage: Downloadable Notes

  • 14

    And Finally...

    • Any Questions?

    • Final Words.

Reviews

5 star rating

Excellent

Jan Andrew

Amazing course...thank you so much! Lots of practical ideas that you can deliver straight away with your class. The videos bring everything to life and, comb...

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Amazing course...thank you so much! Lots of practical ideas that you can deliver straight away with your class. The videos bring everything to life and, combined with the notes, helped the ideas to stick in my mind. Thanks again!

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I was feeling a little rusty...

Khia White

A thorough and in depth course which is a source of inspiration to be creative in your own teaching practice. Drama exercise books can be great but videos sh...

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A thorough and in depth course which is a source of inspiration to be creative in your own teaching practice. Drama exercise books can be great but videos showing exercises in action, accompanied by pre-exercise explanations and downloadable notes, are invaluable. The use of drama in the classroom and beyond, has so many benefits and this course brings this to light. This innovative course is definitely a confidence booster and I no longer feel rusty to use drama in the classroom nor do I feel rusty leading my drama after-school club! Inspiring and useful CPD and I think should be required on all primary teacher training. Your pupils will love you even more for it!

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Creative, Interesting & Fun!

Jade Mcshea

I really enjoyed completing the online course as it was interesting and more creative than other online courses that I have completed. The structure provided...

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I really enjoyed completing the online course as it was interesting and more creative than other online courses that I have completed. The structure provided is fantastic and I used some of the games the very next day. I personally feel a lot more confident in teaching drama after completing this course. I am now able to use drama to support other curriculum areas rather than teaching it as an individual subject. I would highly recommend!

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Brimming with ideas!

Inga Linklater

This course has given me lots of ideas to take straight into my drama classes. I have used many of them already, with great success. Not everything was com...

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This course has given me lots of ideas to take straight into my drama classes. I have used many of them already, with great success. Not everything was completely new to me, but it has helped me to put much more energy into some ideas that I was already using. I like the progression in the series of activities. There is scope to use it all and build up skills with a group you are working with over a longer period of time, but there are also many activities that can be picked out and used as part of any session. The format of the course is very user-friendly. I love being able to see the ideas put into action and also have the downloadable instructions to refer to. I know that there are ideas from this course that I will use and adapt for the rest of my teaching career. Thank you for making this one of the most worthwhile courses I have taken part in for a long time.

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Inspirational and informative

Simon Taylor

The Drama Confidence Booster course is an absolutely fantastic resource for any teacher looking to introduce drama to the classroom. It's easy to use, with i...

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The Drama Confidence Booster course is an absolutely fantastic resource for any teacher looking to introduce drama to the classroom. It's easy to use, with introductions to activities supported with real-life clips and downloadable notes: what, why and how to implement a raft of valuable drama-based learning. This course shows how easy, and how fun, drama can be when you share it with pupils as a powerful and effective tool. Highly recommended.

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Student Teacher

Charlotte Thomson

As a student teacher I was delighted to have the opportunity to complete the Drama Box CPD course. Drama is an area which i lack confidence in, mainly due to...

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As a student teacher I was delighted to have the opportunity to complete the Drama Box CPD course. Drama is an area which i lack confidence in, mainly due to my lack of experience. This course has given me insight in how to implement drama easily, without feeling too far outwith my comfort zone. I like that examples are also given in which the learners actually lead the drama themselves with a little support from the educator. The fact that everything Kirsten explains throughout this course, is then backed up with a video of it in practice with children, really helped me in understanding and seeing how well or easily certain things worked. I also think the downloadable PDF documents are particularly useful with warm ups and lesson ideas, which I am looking forward to trying out with learners myself! Overall, a great course with resources which can be started and stopped to work around your spare time.

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Improvisation

Kirsten Wiggins

I enjoyed watching the videos. I am impressed at the teacher's ability to turn every suggestion into a positive. I like the setting of "controls".

I enjoyed watching the videos. I am impressed at the teacher's ability to turn every suggestion into a positive. I like the setting of "controls".

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Confidence Boost!

Elaine Cannon

I loved the course and it has given me so much more confidence in teaching drama.

I loved the course and it has given me so much more confidence in teaching drama.

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Perfect CPD course!!

Rebekah Wright

Wow! That literally sums up this course for me! As a student teacher the main focus during training is on English and Maths meaning when we qualify teaching ...

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Wow! That literally sums up this course for me! As a student teacher the main focus during training is on English and Maths meaning when we qualify teaching things like drama can be quite daunting. Personally before doing this course I hated drama because of the experience I had in drama as a child. I decided to take on this course to challenge myself because I want my learners to enjoy their drama experience and I want to feel confident in myself when teaching it. Although the course is classed as CPD in all honesty its more like fun. I really enjoyed watching the videos as I felt included and as if I was actually taking part in the learning. What I thought was brilliant is that you can see the theory in practice. I like that it starts off with Kirsten talking to you about what is going to be learned and why then its a video of the lesson taking part so you can see how it actually works. I also thought the PDF's were really handy because they literally give a step by step overview and loads of advice for moving forward. This course definitely does what the title says and boosts confidence in drama. Kirsten (the woman delivering the inputs) is outstanding and really keeps you engaged throughout the course. I would recommend this to anyone who struggles with their confidence in drama because it really does support you throughout. Really looking forward to implementing all the strategies I've learned during this course. Cant wait to do more courses now!

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4 star rating

Very interesting

Angela Coates

This was a very informative course. Full of good ideas. Seeing the games and ideas incontext with the children was very helpful. The next step is to try so...

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This was a very informative course. Full of good ideas. Seeing the games and ideas incontext with the children was very helpful. The next step is to try some of the ideas with my 30 Primary 2's!

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