Progress on Learning Project…
- If there is one thing that I have noticed over the course of this project, it is that I am very camera-shy! I love to teach drama in the classroom, but when it comes to my own acting and filming, I feel very shy and reserved. Tara and I have been working on our ability to stop thinking so much when we engage in these improv activities, and saying what first comes to mind.
- I am beginning to feel more comfortable with my ability to think on my feet. Before, I often took a while to react and felt almost “silly” in my improvisational skills, but I can feel myself opening up to the “randomness” of improv. One thing that I am hoping to accomplish in this learning project is to keep calm during the improv and not laugh while it is going on. In many of the improv games that we have done so far, I can see myself laughing or smiling throughout.
- One benefit to video taping the improv versus practicing the improv off camera is that we can make corrections based on what we noticed in the videos. Often times we do not consider what we look or sound like to an audience, and by being able to visualize the improvisations, I feel that we can become better improvers!
- Tara tweeted about our first improv video of our learning project, and these are the responses that she got on her blog from colleagues and fellow “improvers”.
- This month I feel as if we have become more comfortable with the concept of improv. I am curious, however, what it would be like to do improv with another peer? Perhaps a student? Tara and I have been given the opportunity to teach improv at a rural school with the grade 5/6 class and the 11/12 class. I love to teach drama, so I am looking forward to working alongside students. Being able to apply my own learning to my soon to be professional career will be a wonderful experience. I cannot wait!
- Tara and I went into a small town school today to do an improv workshop, and we had the opportunity to work with the grade 5/6 and the grade 11/12 classes. We spent 50 minutes with each group and we had a lot of fun. Here is a picture of my Twitter feed in regards to going out to the school to share our learning with others: