"Yes, and?" Improv Skills in the Classroom

April 19, 2014

Improv taught me how to teach. 

 

That's an overstatement, obviously; a huge amount of what I've learned about pedagogy comes from friends, colleagues, professors, and my own trial-and-error experiences. But the skill set I picked up from improv games (all the way back in high school!) has undeniably shaped the way I communicate with my students, arguably for the better. Here's what I've taken with me away from the stage and into the classroom: 

 

Warm-ups. In improv, they're primarily a technique for getting people in a good mood and establish 

 

Listen carefully.

 

Establish the environment.

 

Expect the unexpected.

 

Raise the stakes. 

 

"Yes, and?"

 

 

 

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