For Your Educational Toolbox

yes-and2Improv(e) Your Teaching by Jen Oleniczak [January 20, 2013] connects good teaching with the principles of improv, which she describes as “like going to the gym for your brain.”  A few benefits: communication, collaboration, how to listen, being present, letting go of fear to gain flexibility and spontanteity.  When I worked at the Children’s Creativity Museum, we consistently practiced “Yes…And,” “freedom to fail,” and collaboration exercises, and these open-response activities also helped my ESL students gain language skills in a fun way when I worked with Cambridge Public Schools.  I could feel my thoughts becoming more fluid, open, and creative; there’s a lot that comes from acceptance and running with it.