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ERIC Number: ED354575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: N/A
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Confessions of a Professor, nee Actor.
Soenksen, Roger
Relying on key characteristics of teaching excellence documented by research in higher education, a college professor details how personal undergraduate stage-acting experience helped to develop his teaching. The following comparisons are illuminating: (1) students distinguish professors' interest and enthusiasm toward their subjects as an essential quality in teaching excellence; both the actor and the professor must make their audiences believe that their enthusiasm is genuine and that experience on stage represents a reaction that is occurring for the first time; (2) like an actor who relies on clarity of gestures and diction to project a character's persona, a teacher needs to be able to explain concepts clearly; (3) also like an actor who spends weeks researching and rehearsing a part, a professor must have mastery of the subject matter and a well rehearsed plan for a course or a lesson; and finally, (4) like a seasoned actor whose performance in a variety of roles gives insight into the presentation of new characters, a teacher's experience enables the teacher to develop resources of explanations, illustrations, and anecdotal data. Neither good teaching nor good acting requires an individual to be totally different from the teacher's own personality. However, a good teacher, like a good actor clearly recognizes that "all the world's a stage." (SAM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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