Setting Up An Improv-Friendly Classroom

Thinking about doing some improv with your students?  Jump on in!  Although I certainly don't recommend following any "rules" about the right way to do this, I thought I'd share some things that have worked for me during the past few years...

Have a place where the kids can "circle up".  Organize your desks in a circle, or rehearse moving your desks quickly and in an organized fashion so you have a large space to play in a circle.

Have a place for in-class performances.  Delineate a "stage space", and specify where audience players will sit.  Don't let kids sit where the wings of the "stage" would be; honor the space as a performance area.

Show off the Principles of Improv.  I have full-sheet posters up right above my board.

It's incredible to see when and how those principles can be applied, and more deeply understood, because they're such an integral part of who we are and what we do in the classroom.  Just this week, we've addressed the application of the Principles of Improv to science studies, collaborative work, and creative writing.  Nice.

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