Allowing every child to shine!
Integral to 'Stand Up and Act Out' is drama. More specifically drama and play!
In every lesson children 'meet' a different character who is experiencing teasing or bullying and who emails their Stand Up School to ask for help or support. Research shows that peer intervention is the most effective way of changing behaviour, which is why students then use drama to practise being Upstanders (and practice protecting their own safety and well-being) over and over. Practising in class gives students the confidence to stand up in real life and in this way, 'Stand Up and Act Out' acts as a preventative anti-bullying curriculum. Put simply, bullying is much less likely to happen when students are taught about diversity and much less likely to escalate if students know how to intervene.
Drama is collaborative, inclusive and non-competitive, offering all children the chance to participate, feel supported, and learn without barriers...
1. Drama allows us to communicate non-verbally
Through facial expression, movement, and body language, drama allows teachers to reach all children (including those for whom English is their second language) by giving them a role to ‘hide’ behind and to make ‘mistakes’ in safety. It reaches the less confident children for whom having a role to ‘hide’ behind is exactly what they need to help them lose their inhibitions, especially when exploring issues that may resonate personally and be challenging to explore.
2. Drama introduces us to new vocabulary
And the confidence to use it! Take on a new role and you can do and say things you wouldn’t ever normally do or say and in 'Stand Up and Act Out', we introduce a range of key vocabulary - Intervention Phrases (what to say to either comfort someone being bullied or confront the person bullying), Resolution Phrases (how to respectfully bring a disagreement to an end), and Conversation Starters (how to start a difficult conversation with a trusted adult). We also introduce students to crucial vocabulary to enable them to understand and discuss issues such as culture and ethnicity, gender, religion, and race.
3. Drama develops confidence
Providing opportunities for students to ‘trial’ standing up for their classmates in a safe and supportive environment gives children the confidence to tackle those same situations, should they happen outside of the classroom. And our drama games all develop confidence, as well as cooperation, communication and concentration.
4. Drama requires reflection and evaluation
Allowing children to examine and discuss the consequences of their role play means they are more likely to avoid the potential pitfalls of ‘real-life’.
5. Drama insists we listen, take turns, and co-operate with each other
In every lesson, students play drama games and activities that help them gently build focus while having fun and experiencing the benefits of teamwork.
6. Drama allows teachers to repeat and restructure challenging concepts
Important for those who need additional support, while still being engaging for those who may not.
7. Drama develops emotional articulacy
In 'Stand Up and Act Out' children are encouraged to learn and talk about their emotions by allowing them to practice emotional responses in safety. This emotional articulacy supports the development of empathy, an essential life skill that will enable children to lead kind, happy, respectful, open, accepting lives and play an active role as citizens of this amazing world in which we live.