Acting lessons for teachers: using performance skills in the classroom

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Praeger, 1994 - Education - 173 pages
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Teachers find themselves competing with high-powered media to win the attention and interest of students. Many are adopting a variety of performance skills to reach, hold, and convey information to a diverse and demanding audience. Tauber and Mester stress the essential qualities that make up a good teacher/actor: deep familiarity and understanding of the subject matter, use of a battery of communication skills, enthusiasm for the subject matter, and evidenced love of the art and craft of teaching/learning. Lessons taught involve the use of physical and vocal animation, classroom humor, space, teacher role-playing, props, suspense, and surprise. Each lesson contains actual examples and scripts with testimony as to their effectiveness by award-winning college faculty. An entertaining and effective manual for all levels of teachers, sure to inspire clever and effective new ways of teaching and learning.

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Contents

A Pedagogical Necessity
3
A Craftspersons Toolbox
9
Educational Foundations for Teachers as Actors
21
Copyright

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ROBERT T. TAUBER is Professor Emeritus, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, Erie, The Behrend College. He has taught and counseled K-12 and has taught at the university level for 35 years. While at Behrend College, he taught a variety of education courses, supervised students on field experience, and served as Dean's Representative for the College of Education. After retiring from Pennsylvania State University as Professor Emeritus, Dr. Tauber continues to teach graduate courses as an Adjunct Professor at Gannon University, Erie, Penn. and as Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida, Gainesville. He has published, both nationally and internationally, and has served two sabbaticals, one at Durham University (U.K.) and one at the University of Melbourne (Australia).

CATHY SARGENT MESTER is Senior Lecturer in Communication, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Penn State-Erie, The Behrend College. Cathy Sargent Mester is a 35-year member of the faculty in Communication and Media Studies at Penn State-Erie where she also currently serves as Program Chair. She has created a specialized course in instructional communication for pre-service teachers and frequently leads workshops for inservice teachers as well as business and community leaders. Co-author of three books and numerous conference papers and articles, Mester has taught at all grade levels, served as a school board president, a faculty organization president and is listed in Who's Who Among American Teachers.

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