Lessons from the actor: developing teacher presence and classroom as community
Almond, M. 2018. Lessons from the actor: developing teacher presence and classroom as community.
Based on my own research and work as a teacher trainer, this practical talk will look beyond mainstream language teaching methodology and enquire how and why teachers can apply a number of principles found in certain other practices and theories and adopt a more multi-disciplinary approach in the classroom: I will give a brief overview of fields such as Flow Theory (Csikszentmihalyi), Politeness and Face Theory (Brown and Levinson; Goffman), Neuro Linguistic Programming (Grinder), Blink Theory (Gladwell), Social Psychology and non-verbal communication (Cuddy) and group and interpersonal communication (Haydn). I will then consider how educators working in any sector can practically apply these to the art of teaching, thereby helping them to improve classroom climate, group dynamics, presence and rapport.
I will suggest that this crucial area could and should be part of any pre- or in-service training programme. The practical application I will offer derives directly from actor and improvisation training, drawing extensively from acting and voice practitioners such as Keith Johnstone, Augusto Boal, Constantin Stanislavski, Patsy Rodenburg and Cicely Berry.
|Keywords||Performative teaching; classroom as community; theatre in education; classroom climate|
|Conference||Theatre in Education: 'The Performers'|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||03 Jul 2018|
|Completed||12 May 2018|
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