"Prop Box" is a container of materials that the
teacher may use for infusing role playing into the lessons.
The teacher may decide to have different Prop Boxes for different
classes, so that the contents are appropriate for the maturity
levels and role playing skills of specific groups of students.
Forethought should be given to the characters available to
the students, once again considering the skills of the students.
In some classes, for example, you may decide just to use a
photograph of a person as a prop and have students remain
at their desks. For others you may want to simple accessories
such as glasses and wigs.
A highly engaging element to the role
plays is the use of contemporary electronics, such as pagers,
cell phones, walkie-talkies and cordless phones. Students
get a great sense of empowerment while pretending to use these
The concept of the "Theater of
the Mind" should be established in each student so that
physical props are kept to a minimum. A lesson may be introduced,
"Students, in our 'theater' today we are going to imagine
the principal's office. We'll pretend that this is her desk
and here is her chair for the student. Picture in your mind
Over time students should begin to
feel comfortable in performing roles in the front of the class,
which is a way of making them feel less anxiety in public
speaking, classroom presentations and participation in school