"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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