ERIC Number: ED420344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Teaching as a Performing Art.
This paper encourages teachers to consider teaching as a performing art. By using the theater as a metaphor for effective, innovative instructional methods, the author parallels various aspects of performing arts with various aspects of teaching. The "stage" represents the classroom and "sets" the teaching environment; the "set" characterizes the classroom and determines whether it's conducive to learning. A class must have appropriate "props," or teaching materials, in order to function properly. The "curtain," which covers a stage, represents negative attitudes or conflict in the classroom and must be avoided to encourage an open environment of ethics. Every "play" has "leading actors," or star students, who set the "stage" for the rest of the class, as well as a "supporting cast," those students who do not openly demonstrate such apt learning. The "playwright" represents the curriculum used. The curriculum must be up-to-date, understandable, and applicable to the objectives of the class. The teacher plays the role of the "director," working to nurture and develop the inner abilities of the students, and the "script" provides the game plan and is the guideline for how information will be presented. The class must be varied and entertaining, including such techniques as games, art, music, humor, dramatics, and technology. (YKH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Saint Petersburg Junior Coll., FL.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Teaching/Learning Conference (Ashland, KY, October 10-11, 1996).