Acting Lessons for Teachers Using Performance Skills in the Classroom

ISBN-10: 0275992047
ISBN-13: 9780275992040
Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)
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Description: Acting Lessons for Teachers presents a solid theoretical foundation for the pedagogical benefits of enthusiatic teaching. Simply put, students are more engaged, misbehave less, and learn better from teachers who teach enthusiastically. A teacher's  More...

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List price: $34.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 11/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Acting Lessons for Teachers presents a solid theoretical foundation for the pedagogical benefits of enthusiatic teaching. Simply put, students are more engaged, misbehave less, and learn better from teachers who teach enthusiastically. A teacher's enthusiasm for his or her subject matter can be contagious. Since the dynamic of the classroom is similar to that of the stage in terms of speaker-listener relationships, the acting craft offers teachers a model for the skills and strategies that could be incorporated in their work to convey more enthusiasm for the material and for the students. This book presents concrete descriptions of the specific acting strategies that would benefit the teacher: physical and vocal animation, teacher role-playing, strategic entrances and exits, humor, props, suspense and surprise, and creative use of space. Special attention is given to the potential advantage of instructional technology as a modern-day prop. Strategies are explained in terms of their importance and ease of incorporation into the classroom. Each is proposed as a skill that can be learned by any teachers who have the desire to enliven their teaching. Student descriptions of their own experience with teachers' use of acting strategies add real examples for each lesson. Finally, testimony of award-winning classroom teachers from a variety of disciplines and age levels provides evidence of the wide and easy applicability of these strategies.

ROBERT T. TAUBER is Professor Emeritus, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Penn State-Erie, The Behrend College. He has taught and counseled in K-12, and has taught at the university level for 35 years. While at Behrend College he taught a variety of education courses, supervised students on field experience, and served as Dean's Representative for the College of Education. After retiring from Penn State University as Professor Emeritus, Dr. Tauber continues to teach graduate courses as an Adjunct Professor at Gannon University, Erie, PA, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. He is well published, both nationally and internationally, and has served two sabbaticals, one at Durham University (UK) and one at the University of Melbourne (Australia).

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Preface
Background
Teacher Enthusiasm: A Pedagogical Necessity
Introduction
Our Goal
Teacher Enthusiasm: Its Relationship to Pedagogy
Teacher Enthusiasm: Its Relationship to Student Achievement
"Let's Kick It up a Notch!"
Teacher Evaluations
Summary
Search for More on Enthusiasm and Passion
Boosting Teacher Enthusiasm: A Craftsperson's Toolbox
Introduction
Boosting Teacher Effectiveness through Performing
A Craftsperson's Toolbox
The Craftsperson Himself or Herself
The Craftsperson's Top-Tray Tools
The Craftsperson's Other Tools
Acting Skills, Teacher Enthusiasm, and Student Achievement
Enthusiasm Rating Chart
Summary
Educational Foundations for Teachers as Actors
Introduction
Educational Foundations for Teachers as Actors: Theorists Speak
Educational Foundations for Teachers as Actors: Practitioners Speak
The Profession's Response, or Lack Thereof
Summary
The Master's Voice
The Acting Lessons
Animation in Body
Introduction
Value of Moderate Animation
Purposes Served by Physical Animation
Recommendations for Productive Teacher Animation
Facial Expression
Eye Contact
Gestures
Posture and Overall Movement
Behaviors to Avoid
Summary
Through the Students' Eyes
Search for More on Animation in Body
The Master's Voice
Animation in Voice
Introduction
Vocal Fitness
Vocal Variations: Paralanguage
Spontaneous Variations
Deliberate Variations
Pitch
Volume
Quality
Rate
Creating Characters
Influencing Credibility
Summary
Through the Students' Eyes
Search for More on Animation in Voice
The Master's Voice
Classroom Space
Introduction
Proxemics
Space and Its Limitations
Blocking the Scene
Blocking the Class Period
Classroom Seating
Spontaneous Use of Space
Accommodating Special Needs
Summary
Through the Students' Eyes
Search for More on Space Utilization
The Master's Voice
Humor
Introduction
Humor: Its Impact on Teaching
Categories of Humor
Gender and Grade-Level Differences
Cartoons: A Safe First Step
Bringing Humor into the Classroom-A Gaggle of Ideas
A Possible "Humorous" Benefit of Humor
Summary
Through the Students' Eyes
Search for More on Humor
The Master's Voice
Role-Playing
Introduction
Creation of Your Professional Persona
Creation of a Character
Goals and Values
The Process
Applications
Storytelling
Mime
Summary
Through the Students' Eyes
Search for More on Role-Playing
The Master's Voice
Props
Introduction
Classroom-Appropriate Props
Props Generic to All Classrooms
Props Unique to Specific Subject Matter
Using Students as Props
Prop Box
Guidelines for Using the Props
Summary
Through the Students' Eyes
Search for More on Props
The Master's Voice
Technology Props
Introduction
Purposes and Opportunities
Limitations and Risks
Best Practices
Summary
Through the Students' Eyes
Search for More on Technology Props
The Master's Voice
Suspense and Surprise
Introduction
Creating the Two Elements
The Unpredictable Real World
Storytelling
Relationship to Other Acting Skills
Bringing Suspense and Surprise into the Classroom
Summary
Through the Students' Eyes
Search for More on Suspense and Surprise
The Master's Voice
Making a Dramatic Entrance and Exit
Introduction
Beginning and Ending: The Communication Principle
Memorable Entrances
Pageantry and Entrances
Entrances (and Opening Lines)
Ending on a High Note: Exits (and Closing Lines)
A Marquee: The Physical Side of an Entrance
What Is on the Marquee?
Summary
Search for More on Dramatic Entrances and Exits
Epilogue
Behind the Scenes, Loosening Up, and Preparing for That Step across the Classroom Threshold
Introduction
Internal Preparation
Loosening Up
Well before Class: Practicing Alone
Well before Class: Practicing with Others
Just before Class Begins
Once Class Begins
Summary
Classroom Management
Introduction
Putting on an Act
Animation in Voice
Animation in Body
Classroom Space
Humor
Humor with "Down-Under" Slant
Suspense and Surprise
Using Actions to Convey Expectations
"Thanks, I'd Appreciate That"
Music to Soothe the Savage Breast
Summary
Search for More on Classroom Management
Enthusiastic Teaching: A Conversation with Friends
Introduction
Friends Who Share Our Enthusiasm
Karen Joy Agne
Linc Fisch
Alan C. Friedman
Carla List-Handley
Rod Hart
Robert Keiper
Richard W. Leblanc
Paddy Miller
Sheila Newberry
Roger Soenksen
Rick Thorn
Conclusion
Introduction
Spearheading Professional Development at Your Institution
Research and Reading
Workshops and Seminars
Partnership and Practice
Willingness and Courage
A Teacher's Manner and Method
The Curtain Comes Down
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)
Testimonials from Award-Winning K-12 Teachers and College Professors
References
Subject and Name Index

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