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ERIC Number: EJ917554
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0271-6062
The Stage Is the Classroom
Schultz, John
Principal, v89 n3 p32-37 Jan-Feb 2010
Teachers act out a play every day that includes soliloquies, dialogue, questions, cues, and demonstrations to evoke a response from their audiences. Learning requires that the students--or audience--see a new concept in a motivating and dynamic environment, a setting that provokes inquiry and an understanding of how new knowledge applies to real life. As students come with prior knowledge gained from other experiences, the play must contain many acts so that students can construct new knowledge. There is a finale in this play where students demonstrate what they learned from each act. In comparing teaching to acting, teachers can use theatrical skills and concepts to positively impact student learning and achievement. Using theater concepts as a teaching technique, schools can creatively teach students core subject matter. Acting and other theater art skills--cues, questioning, timing, and setting contexts--have been shown in educational research to positively impact student achievement. Having a teacher trained in theater--or providing live educational theatrical performances designed to teach academic concepts--will give learners a dynamic and fun place to learn, especially when the concepts are difficult to see or understand.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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