Hello all nine of you! First off, I have to say thanks for following this blog! Though it was inactive for close to three months, I’m excited to jump back into it. I’ll start recording more of what’s going on in my classes, and bring in some discussion points for all of us to weigh. Let me know what you’re interested in within theater education, and I’d gladly create a post!
I sometimes get in a reading rut where I read the same types of books over and over and have to make a conscious effort to switch it up. (It helps that I try to alternate fiction and nonfiction.)
I created the 2013 Reading Challenge as an easy and fun way for me (and you) to fit more varied books in this year. A lot of people create goals of reading a certain number of books in a year, but I think that can be stressful or worse—you may end up racing through shorter, mediocre books in order to reach your quota for a given month. I used to try and race through books in order to tick them off a numbered list, but I’ve found that it’s more challenging and enjoyable to try and read books that are outside my comfort zone, or in a genre I’m not familiar with or that I haven’t read in years.
I created the below lists as a way to get started, but the books I’ve listed for each section are just my personal recommendations. The important thing is not to read any of them just because I’ve listed them here—you should only read them if they jump out at you as being interesting or worth your time.
Above all, reading should be fun. I used to feel like I had to finish every book I started no matter how much I hated it or how bored I got. I don’t do that anymore. If I’m not enjoying myself, I don’t finish the book. You know yourself better than anyone! Only choose what you know what will bring you genuine pleasure and enjoyment. (And won’t be a waste of your time!)
Have fun and let me know what books you pick in each category! I’ll keep you updated by posting reviews here when I’m finished.
Read a childhood favorite you haven’t picked up in years.
With the end of the semester drawing near, I can actually begin getting excited about next semester’s classes,which includes two theater education courses with Bethany Nelson! Playmaking is going to be the course that blows my mind. Once I can get on a computer I’ll link a bunch of information about playmaking, but for now I have a makeup class for Theatre as Education I. Talk to you all soon!
There are so many ways that theater can help to foster a lively and enriching cultural environment in schools, but what about academics? In a challenging economy, anything other than academics is viewed as “empty calories.” There are no easy answers when money is tight, but this article addresses how theater helps to foster and support literacy and reading instruction.
A great response to a topic that is often thought of as an excuse to keep theater in curriculum. The academic growth is not limited to reading alone. Theater is a brilliant bridge between subject matters including the sciences, history, and languages of all kinds. The divergent thinking and problem solving that goes with creating theater is something irreplaceable. I’ll try to write a larger text post about this topic! Thank you for the well spoken and concise article!
After over 20 years of teaching, I believe that the best way to increase my capacity to help others is to learn more about myself. To ensure successful learning, I include these four actions in weekly lesson plans, because knowing ourselves enables us to help others.
Look for and document changes in your own learning
Plan to learn while you teach
Reflect on moments of success
Make your perceptions of students visible to yourself
When we talk about game-based learning, what do we really mean? How is it different from the games you’ve been incorporating in your classroom all these years? In general, game-based learning means making gaming a deeper, more intrinsic part of the learning process.
What’s your take on the game-based learning trend?
I’m all about it! A link I found helpful on the topic is linked below:
In general, the theory invites teachers to look at their curriculum and students in a well-rounded way. Instead of creating a lesson plan that only focuses on one type of intelligences, let’s say linguistic, a teacher should create a balance. By incorporating facets of each intelligence, the hope is to provide a better opportunity for each student to participate and thrive in the lesson.
I’ll be referring to this theory plenty of times in my upcoming lesson planning posts. What are your thoughts on the theory? Yay or Nay?
Before I get ahead of myself, first let me thank you for reading! This is a blog I’ve been in the process of creating since I started my path into becoming a theater educator. And now that I’m reaching the more intense parts of the program, I thought it would be great to jump into the discussion and add in on the education tag! With that in mind, please know that I do not represent the opinions of my school, Emerson College, or the wonderful staff that have brought me to this point in my education. This blog is solely a place for me to communicate my understandings and concerns with the system. It’s also a place where I want to share with other educators and students. This is a topic I’ve gained a lot of passion and knowledge in, and I really just want to expand on it.
So, with that in mind, let’s get started! My hopes are to post daily exercises, lesson planning, and general experiences I gain through my program, and in classroom settings. I hope to invite you, the readers, in on your thoughts and experiences as well! This is both a record of what I’m doing for future reference and a place where you can join in and teach me more. DISCLAIMER: I will try my best to keep my other blogs and their intense fandoms out of these posts, but please know my Tumblr personality will leak through at times. My expectations are to keep this STRAIGHT EDUCATION, but you never know. Excited to start a discourse with all of you!