Studying and integrating improvisational theatre offers a wide range of benefits for educators. From supporting positive interpersonal connections, to encouraging in-depth thinking and risk-taking, to building professional community, applying improv to the school setting can enrich and enliven the learning environment for students and teachers alike.
Benefits for Students
Academic Connections--Explore narrative, character, systems thinking, patterns...
Social/Emotional--Build an ensemble learning environment, focusing on listening and building on each others' ideas.
Cognitive--Consider multiple perspectives; build synapses through cross-lateral stimulation.
Motivational--Teaching using games increases student engagement and enjoyment at school. Encourage risk-taking through applying and reflecting upon the principles of improv.
Differentiation--Provide successful, appropriate opportunities for verbal and kinesthetic learners. Activities and concepts offer multiple points of entry: they are accessible for academically challenged students, yet engaging and offer depth for gifted students. English learners have a variety of opportunities for listening and speaking in a low-stress setting.
Benefits for Teachers
Increased student engagement
Classroom management and community-building strategies
Positive classroom environment
Professional Development Opportunities for Schools
I offer a variety of workshop options, and I'm thrilled to tailor a session to fit the needs of your staff. Each one of these sessions provides a great way to revitalize and enrich staff connections...enjoying your time together and taking away some activities you can use in the classroom the next day.
- The Staff Meeting: a 90-minute session, introducing the key principles of improv through exploring games and two models of integrating improvisational theatre into the classroom.
- The Half-Day: a 3-hour session, exploring the key principles of improv through games, activities to integrate across the curriculum, and discussion in which the participants brainstorm how/when/why to apply these ideas and strategies into their work with students.
- The Full-Day: a 6-hour session, exploring the principles of improv and their application to classroom management, character education, English/Language Arts, cross-curricular connections, and social justice. We embed time to discuss and plan how/when/why to integrate this work into your teaching practices.
- Multi-Day Intensives: in-depth experience with the principles of improv, games, activities, concepts, performance...the possibilities are endless. Dig deeply into the theory, guiding principles, and practical activities that fit your group.
- Post-workshop Applied Coaching: I come into your classroom(s) and teach an improv workshop to your students and/or support you in designing/coaching your own workshop. We'll develop the length and focus of on-site coaching to meet your needs.
I'll tailor your session to meet your site's specific needs. Here are some of the areas on which we can focus in your workshop:
- Improvisational Theatre Overview
- Curricular Integration--a variety of content areas
- Curricular Integration--focus on narrative
- Community, Collaboration and Communication
- Social Justice / Critical Literacy--character status exploration (appropriate for a full-day, intensive or follow-up workshop)
- English Language Development
- GATE Extensions and Supports
I can develop a workshop for any grade level: K-3, 4-6, K-8, 9-12. Have an idea that's not listed here? Email me and we'll design it together!