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Acting lessons for teachers : using performance skills in the classroom

Author: Robert T Tauber; Cathy Sargent Mester
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Students learn better from teachers who are enthusiastic. Presenting a foundation for the benefits of enthusiastic teaching, this book presents descriptions of strategies that would benefit the  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert T Tauber; Cathy Sargent Mester
ISBN: 027599192X 9780275991920 0275992047 9780275992040
OCLC Number: 70258848
Description: viii, 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: pt. 1 Background --
ch. 1. Teacher enthusiasm : a pedagogical necessity --
Introduction --
Our goal --
Teacher enthusiasm : its relationship to pedagogy --
Teacher enthusiasm : its relationship to student achievement --
"Let's kick it up a notch" --
Teacher evaluations --
Summary --
Search for more on enthusiasm and passion --
ch. 2. Boosting teacher enthusiasm : a craftperson's toolbox --
Introduction --
Boosting teacher effectiveness through performing --
A craftperson's toolbox --
The craftperson himself or herself --
The craftperson's top-tray tools --
The craftperson's other tools --
Acting Skills, teacher enthusiasm, and student achievement --
Enthusiasm rating chart --
Summary --
ch. 3. Educational foundations for teachers as actors --
Introduction --
Educational foundations for teachers as actors : theorists speak --
Educational foundations for teachers as actors : practitioners speak --
The profession's response, or lack thereof --
Summary. pt. 2. The acting lessons --
ch. 4. Animation in body --
Introduction --
Value of moderate animation --
Purposes served by physical animation --
Recommendations for productive teacher animation --
Facial expression --
Eye contact --
Gestures --
Posture and overall movement --
Behaviors to avoid --
Summary --
Through the students' eyes --
Search for more on animation in body --
The master's voice --
ch. 5. Animation in voice --
Introduction --
Vocal fitness --
Vocal variations : paralanguage --
Spontaneous variations --
Deliberate variations --
Pitch --
Volume --
Quality --
Rate --
Creating characters --
Influencing credibility --
Summary --
Through the students' eyes --
Search for more on animation in voice --
The master's voice --
ch. 6. Classroom space --
Introduction --
Proxemics --
Space and its limitations --
Blocking the scene --
Blocking the class period --
Classroom seating --
Spontaneous use of space --
Accommodating special needs --
Summary --
Through the students' eyes --
Search for more on space utilization --
The master's voice --
ch. 7. Humor --
Introduction --
Humor : its impact on teaching --
Categories of humor --
Gender and grade-level differences --
Cartoons : a safe first step --
Bringing humor into the classroom, a gaggle of ideas --
A possible "humorous" benefit of humor --
Summary --
Through the students' eyes --
Search for more on humor --
The master's voice --
ch. 8. Role-playing --
Introduction --
Creation of your professional persona --
Creation of a character --
Goals and values --
The process --
Applications --
Storytelling --
Mime --
Summary --
Through the students' eyes --
Search for more on role-playing --
The master's voice --
ch. 9. Props --
Introduction --
Classroom-appropriate props --
Props generic to all classrooms --
Props unique to specific subject matter --
Using students as props --
Prop box --
Guidelines for using the props --
Summary --
Through the students' eyes --
Search for more on props --
The master's voice --
ch. 10. Technology props --
Introduction --
Purposes and opportunities --
Limitations and risks --
Best practices --
Summary --
Through the students' eyes --
Search for more on technology props --
The master's voice --
ch. 11. Suspense and surprise --
Introduction --
Creating the two elements --
The unpredictable real world --
Storytelling --
Relationship to other acting skills --
Bringing suspense and surprise into the classroom --
Summary --
Through the students' eyes --
Search for more on suspense and surprise --
The master's voice --
ch. 12. Making a dramatic entrance and exit --
Introduction --
Beginning and ending : the communication principle --
Memorable entrances --
Pageantry and entrances --
Entrances (and opening lines) --
Ending on a high note : exits (and closing lines) --
A marquee : the physical side of an entrance --
What is on the marquee? --
Summary --
Search for more on dramatic entrances and exits. pt. 3. Epilogue --
ch. 13. Behind the scenes, loosening up, and preparing for that step across the classroom threshold --
Introduction --
Internal preparation --
Loosening up --
Well before class : practicing alone --
Well before class : practicing with others --
Just before class begins --
Once class begins --
Summary --
ch. 14. Classroom management --
Introduction --
Putting on an act --
Animation in voice --
Animation in body --
Classroom space --
Humor --
Humor with "down-under" slant --
Suspense and surprise --
Using actions to convey expectations --
"Thanks, I'd appreciate that" --
Music to soothe the savage breast --
Summary --
Search for more on classroom management --
ch. 15. Enthusiastic teaching : a conversation with friends --
Introduction --
Friends who share our enthusiasm --
Karen Joy Agne --
Linc Fisch --
Alan C. Friedman --
Carl List-Handley --
Rod Hart --
Robert Keiper --
Richard W. Leblanc --
Paddy Miller --
Sheila Newberry --
Roger Soenksen --
Rick Thorn --
ch. 16. Conclusion --
Introduction --
Spearheading professional development at your institution --
Research and reading --
Workshops and seminars --
Partnership and practice --
Willingness and courage --
A teacher's manner and method --
The curtain comes down --
Appendix 1. Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) --
Appendix 2. Testimonials from award winning K-12 teachers and college professors.
Responsibility: Robert T. Tauber and Cathy Sargent Mester.
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