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Acting Right: Drama as a Classroom Management Workshop

Kennedy Center Teacher Workshop



Wednesday, April 19, 2017 4:00PM
Philbin Studio Theatre


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. 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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