Have your students applauded your work at the end of a class? Have they sat silently at the end of a class, not wanting to leave, caught in a moment of deep personal reflection? Does this sound more like theatre than the classroom? Yes. But can the work of play-making help the teacher deliver lessons, or encourage students, potentially awakening the students to learn? Reg will use demonstrations, some involving volunteer participants, to explore this possibility. How might the practice of theatre help enhance your teaching? How might the exploration of the work of theatre to reach inside the audience help you find meaning in your classroom work?
In this presentation, Reg is offering his observations and practice from years of teaching, informed not only by his teacher training, but also by his prior and eclectic study and practice in experimental theatre, liturgy, counselling psychology, and radio documentary production.
Participants will see how expressive demonstrations, use of space, modulation of voice and use of other techniques may add to the interest of the lesson and the possibility for student learning. But perhaps, as good theatre and good teaching are more than technique, the demonstrations will also give participants the chance to reflect on the deeper rewards of teaching. That deeper experience emerges from the quality of classroom time shared together and the value that being together for a semester affords both. The workshop will help people to think about what that means for their teaching practice.
Reg is now very close to the end of his teaching life. He will pass on what he has learned from years of practice, applying his experience with theatre and counselling psychology to the classroom. He has spent years working on how to awaken his students to the beauty of learning, helping them find themselves in their study and chosen career, and exploring with them through the practical lessons of the classroom the value of knowing and living out their lives with the knowledge they have.