Thursday, July 22, 2010
The drama cake or cake drama.
Sometimes you have these moments when you are teaching when you feel like everything is going right. The lesson is going smoothly, you are loving the students(in the good, platonic way), everyone is engaged(even you) and you can actually see the students learning something. My day is not full of moments like this, but this week I feel like it has been heavily swaying this way. I have been so excited by my Year 11 Drama class (they are my undisputed favourites) that I have told them I would make them a cake for class on Monday. What the hell was I thinking!!! I have never baked a cake in my whole 33 years on this earth. I was so pleased with their enthusiasm about their scripted scenes (they are doing parts from Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Nights Dream, A Woman of no Importance, and The Importance of Being Ernest) and their acceptance of doing revision once a week for their Drama exam, that I foolishly said I would make them a Drama cake. The Drama cake is a living, edible metaphor for the Drama techniques, elements, conventions and technologies - which they have to revise for their exam. I think my Drama cake may be such a disaster that it will be a cake drama.