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ERIC Number: ED265597
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Improvisational Drama in the Classroom (K-5).
Yowell, Bob
Improvisation can show teachers ways to use the senses to make ideas, emotions, or any academic lesson stick with a child. By using improvisational techniques, the teacher asks the student to play--to be active and to discover. For example, there are games to help the child to concentrate, verbalize, touch and make contact with other children, and show their understanding of abstract ideas. Games to help children get accustomed to improvisational teaching include the mirror game, tug-of-war, and demonstrating through physical action places, characters, and events. Suggestions for getting started include asking children what they might like to improvise, and participating in improvisational games. Teachers might present plots from children's literature or fables for improvisation, or a newspaper or magazine article. Teaching techniques that will help while conducting improvisation include teaching in role, asking good questions, and encouraging students to become involved in the search for understanding. Improvisation guarantees to encourage students to take risks and to become individuals, rather than relying completely upon the teacher. It can also be used for academic work in other classes as well, to show the importance of listening and to create energy and excitement for the classroom. (HTH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A