Outside-the-Box Theatre: Improvisation
About “Outside-the-Box Theatre”: This unique and lively production class not only provides cross-curricular instruction, but also introduces students to the idea that they can use their talents to both learn and teach. Students will learn how strands of literacy and other academic subjects interweave through dramatic art. This course offers a platform for students to learn about the power of both writing and performance as a tool to both learn and teach others. The content covered emphasizes cross-curricular connections, making learning more integrated. Additionally, students' personal strengths will be emphasized. The instructor will guide them to use their talents to further critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity skills.
About this session: The Spring 2017 session will focus on Improvisation. Improvisation is a tool that can:
· improve listening and collaboration skills,
· facilitate understanding of concepts,
· celebrate everyone’s ideas and contributions,
· help students to understand and respect different perspectives,
· employ the 4 C’s (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, creativity) in problem-solving,
· encourage teamwork,
· foster confidence in public presentations,
· nurture sharing focus with others,
· encourage thinking outside the box.
Students will engage in a variety of improvisation activities that will help to stimulate creative thinking. At the last class, students will share with an audience some of the skills they have developed.
The course is designed for skills development and reinforcement while being flexible. Classes run 2 days per week for 12 weeks, allowing lots of time for the instructor to work with both the group and individual students. The schedule also offers plenty of overall instruction and collaboration time even if students need to miss a class or two.
What makes this course unique among performing arts classes?
· Students learn in a multi-modal environment while building teaching/presentation skills.
· Classes allow students to use their existing talents as well as to develop new ones.
· Students will grow individually as well as in group collaboration.
· The learning environment supports guided development of leadership and communication skills.
· More frequent classes allow for a stronger learning process and opportunities to build communication skills that are useful in numerous educational and life settings.
Educational and life skill goals targeted:
· Broad knowledge of improvisation skills.
· Multi--modal communication skills.
· Leadership skills - using talents to communicate and collaborate
· Base material that families can readily use to build unit studies; students can actively contribute to family teaching