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Book details
  • SubGenre:Arts in Education
  • Language:English
  • Pages:110
  • eBook ISBN:9798350943863
  • Paperback ISBN:9798350943856

Playing to Learn: Using Improv in the K-8 Classroom

by Kate Wiersema

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Discover the transformative potential of laughter in education with "Playing to Learn," a comprehensive handbook for teachers. Drawing from the wisdom of seasoned educators, this book emphasizes the choice to laugh, providing a refreshing perspective on teaching. Inside, you'll find a treasure trove of easy-to-implement exercises and games, skillfully linked to academic, social-emotional, and speaking and listening standards. Through these activities, students will cultivate problem-solving abilities, nurture creative thinking, foster teamwork, and boost their self-confidence as they collaborate with peers to create captivating scenes and games that showcase their knowledge. Flexible and adaptable, these activities seamlessly integrate into various classroom moments such as morning meetings, closing circles, transitions, brain breaks, and core teaching times. No prior acting experience is required for teachers or students to dive into the world of improvisation and experience its educational benefits. Furthermore, each activity offers multiple pathways for differentiation, ensuring that all students can embrace the ethos of "Yes, and" to embark on a journey of fun and meaningful learning. "Playing to Learn" is your passport to a dynamic, laughter-filled educational adventure.
Ignite Creativity and Empower Learning Through Improv. As a teacher, you've likely encountered moments when you had to choose between laughter and tears. Our advice: always choose to laugh. "Playing to Learn" is not just a book; it's a transformative guide for educators seeking to infuse the magic of improvisation into their classroom culture. In these pages, you'll discover a treasure trove of easy-to-implement exercises and games carefully curated to align with academic, social-emotional, and speaking and listening standards. The real magic of this handbook lies in its ability to empower students. Through dynamic activities, they'll develop critical skills in problem-solving, creative thinking, teamwork, and confidence. Collaborating with classmates, they'll dive into the world of improvisation, creating scenes and games that not only entertain but also showcase their content knowledge. "Playing to Learn" is more than a standalone resource; it seamlessly integrates into various classroom moments. Whether it's a morning meeting to set the tone, a closing circle to reflect, a smooth transition, a brain break to re-energize, or the core teaching times, this book offers activities that fit seamlessly into your daily routine. What sets this book apart is its inclusivity. No prior acting experience is required for teachers or students to embark on this laughter-filled journey of learning. Each activity is thoughtfully designed with multiple pathways for differentiation, ensuring that every student can embrace the spirit of "Yes, and" and embark on a path of both fun and meaningful learning. "Playing to Learn" is your key to unlocking the potential of improv in education. It's a guide that not only enriches the classroom experience but also cultivates a culture of laughter, curiosity, and limitless possibilities for both educators and students. Step into a world where learning is an exhilarating adventure, and the choice to laugh is always the right one.
About the author
Kate Wiersema, hailing from Homewood, Illinois, is a dedicated special education teacher whose passion for education knows no bounds. Armed with a master's degree in Differentiated Instruction, Kate brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the classroom, spanning from kindergarten to eighth grade. Beyond her teaching endeavors, Kate is a true maestro in the world of improvisation. Since 2010, she has not only graced the stage as a performer but has also taken the directorial reins, guiding aspiring talents to new heights. Her influence extends even further as she shares her improvisational prowess through teaching in the vibrant Chicagoland area. Currently, Kate wears multiple hats, serving as an ensemble member of Malarkey Comedy and holding the prestigious position of artistic director at South of Chi Productions. Her dedication to the craft is evident in her ongoing contributions to the improv community. Kate's passion for education and improv has also led her to become a sought-after speaker at teaching conferences, including the illustrious Illinois Reading Council and PBIS Rewards Conference. Her insights and innovative teaching methods continue to inspire educators and fellow practitioners alike. Stay connected with Kate on her journey by following her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/katewiersemaimprov, where she continues to share her educational insights and improvisational adventures.