Managing Energy Levels

Coping with high energy levels in a Year 10 drama class John Bayley gives advice on controlling energy levels in high activity classrooms. NQT Siobhan Croker?s biggest challenge is to manage students in her year 10 drama lessons. She wants enough energy to make the lessons enjoyable, but not so much that things get out of control. Bayley finds she has no problem in raising energy levels, the difficulty lies in bringing them down again. Together John and Amy explore ideas from adult drama classes that might be applied to her year 10 class. Later in the lesson, with energy levels still not fully under control a minor dispute breaks out which takes Siobhan 10 minutes to resolve. John suggests she sets a strict time limit at the start of lessons for dealing with disputes, and in her next lesson she gives it a go.

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