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What we have done so far in class:

First Socratic Circle. Students from year 7, 8 and 9 came together and held a Socratic circle with the focus of discussion their inspiration and dedication to making and performing a drama for Nrsimhadeva's appearance day. 

25.03.-02.04. 2015
Students engaged in reading and understanding the pastime of Lord Nrsimhadeva's appearance day, in order to develop a deep understanding of the main plot, characters and spiritual teachings. Students engaged in and read the original, primary text from the 7th Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Students explored the many teachings present in every segment of the story. Through this, students develop an appreciation of the text, the pastime and the teachings it propounds - all key factors for their understanding of the pastime and future creative development of the drama performance. 

Students have also analysed what spiritual teachings were present in the pastime of Lord Nrsimhaeva's appearance day, and then chosen a group with which they will work on making and presenting their skit that enacts their chosen spiritual teaching. 

Students engaged in reminding each other of the main parts of the pastime of Lord Nrsimhadeva's appearance. They then did their first journal entry - which was: a) a summary of the pastime, and b) an explanation of how the spiritual teaching of their group was relevant in their lives. Student then brainstormed guidelines that are important to their group work, i.e. how to treat each other and cooperate in their groups. Students then did the first group building exercise: they wrote their names on a piece of paper and passed it on to their left. Each other students wrote one good quality of the person whose paper it was. The paper was passed around until all students wrote something good about each of their peers. 

In their respective groups, students had to cooperate and come up with an idea for their skit through which they will present the particular spiritual teaching they were assigned. In order to build their group working skills, students engaged in a couple of team building activities. 

One team building activity students engaged in was drawing a picture. they were each given a small piece of a picture. They had to draw what they saw on that piece unto a A4 paper. After they had all drawn it, they put their pieces together and got the picture. Students reflected on this activity and realized that they all drew without consulting any other peer. Hence, their picture did not come out as the original. They discussed how better it wold have been if they had cooperated and drawn together, making sure that all follow the outlines and guidelines. In the same way, this activity allowed them to understand that their individual contribution is valid, yet, working in a group requires cooperation and consideration of others' contribution too.

Students had to finalize their idea and write a short summary of what they will do for their skit. 

Students were given card that explained a certain role in group work. Each student had a role and had to, through that role, contribute to the group work of making a skit on a chosen spiritual teaching. Students also engaged in analyzing play scripts, writing one on their own, and practicing for their class play. 

NAPLAN preparation. Students engaged in activities suitable for NAPLAN preparation. They familiarized themselves with the test and practiced on their reading, writing and language conventions. 


Students practiced for their skit and performed it in the class. They also wrote a reflection on how the group work went for them and what could have been improved. 

Syama Sakhi devi dasi,
Mar 22, 2015, 1:41 AM