Acting Lessons for Teachers by Robert T. Tauber

By Robert T. Tauber

appearing classes for academics provides a high-quality theoretical beginning for the pedagogical merits of enthusiastic instructing. easily placed, scholars are extra engaged, misbehave much less, and examine larger from lecturers who train enthusiastically. A teacher's enthusiasm for their material will be contagious. because the dynamic of the school room is the same to that of the degree by way of speaker-listener relationships, the performing craft bargains lecturers a version for the abilities and methods which may be integrated of their paintings to exhibit extra enthusiasm for the cloth and for the students.

This e-book offers concrete descriptions of the categorical performing concepts that may gain the trainer: actual and vocal animation, instructor role-playing, strategic entrances and exits, humor, props, suspense and shock, and artistic use of house. detailed cognizance is given to the capability good thing about educational expertise as a modern day prop. thoughts are defined by way of their value and straightforwardness of incorporation into the school room. each one is proposed as a ability that may be discovered via any lecturers who've the need to brighten up their instructing. scholar descriptions in their personal adventure with academics' use of performing innovations upload actual examples for every lesson. ultimately, testimony of award-winning school room lecturers from various disciplines and age degrees offers facts of the large and straightforward applicability of those strategies.

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This is, essentially, the goal of entertainment—entertainment is a means to an end. According to Jerome Bruner, a renowned cognitive psychologist, such attention and interest can be generated through the use of “dramatizing devices,” including the development of a dramatic personality on the part of the teacher (1960, 82–83). These strategies support his fourth major theme in The Process of Education (1960), the consideration of how students’ interest in learning can be stimulated. Other cognitive psychologists use a three-part information-processing model to depict how learners recognize, transform, store, and retrieve information.

Yes, there is! Effective entertainment skills can be the great equalizer as teachers compete for getting (and holding) students’ attention. Clearly, the theorists offer sound educational foundations for teachers’ use of acting skills as an enthusiasm-generating strategy to secure, as well as to hold, students’ attention. No other single strategy seems to have the potential for generating perceived teacher enthusiasm—a characteristic shown to be associated with teacher effectiveness and student achievement.

Jump in the Boat My college choir director always gestures to get us to sing louder, softer, more intensely. He even went so far as to walk like he was following a boat down a river, and then he acted like he jumped into it. This was to illustrate that we must follow the music and jump in when it’s our turn. Don’t wait for the boat; follow it. Creepy Crawly My biology teacher was trying to get us to understand how a paramecium moves. Words didn’t seem to be getting the point across, so she used her own body to demonstrate—creeping along just like a paramecium.

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