Acting Right:
Building a Cooperative, Collaborative, Creative Classroom Community Through Drama

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LENGTH: 3 HOURS(can be extended to 6 hours)

When the learning in a classroom is social, active, and cooperative, the students are engaged and stimulated, learning expands, comprehension deepens, and our brain actually changes. Our teaching experience, coupled with the wealth of research from the field of educational neuroscience, is making this approach to teaching an unavoidable, non-negotiable, must-have in the 21st Century classroom.

The National Council of Teachers of English holds the position that cooperative learning can be used in numerous ways including to generate ideas for writing, to respond to themes and ideas in print or non-print texts, to explore or apply concepts from teacher or student presentations, to provide more opportunities for all students to participate in discussions, and to use authentic peer audiences for feedback on student writing. Furthermore, cooperative learning is particularly beneficial for any student learning a second language, as it promotes peer interaction, which helps the development of language and the learning of concepts and content.

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics states that learning environments should be created that promote active learning and teaching; classroom discourse; and individual, small-group, and whole-group learning.

While active, social, cooperative learning is a desired approach to teaching, it can be challenging for teachers to create a calm, focused, and balanced classroom community where these types of learning thrive.

Actor and educator Sean Layne has taken the foundational elements of acting such as concentration, cooperation, and collaboration and created a structured process, which can become the basis for effective classroom management every day. This engaging, step-by-step approach empowers students to take ownership of and be responsible for their own behavior while building the skills necessary to establish a sense of self-control, accountability, and teambuilding in the classroom. Students also learn how to have curriculum-centered conversations and create physical models of their thinking.

This 3-hour workshop empowers teachers with the “how-to” for creating a classroom community that will thrive with active, social and cooperative learning.


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Focus 5, Inc 2016