Our topic of the week is the teacher as performer.
We were delighted to welcome a new voice to the podcast this week – Ollie Frith joined us for our episode about the teacher as performer. Ollie is a Pivotal Trainer, a writer, an educational trainer, a director and an actor. His website is http://www.absoluteinspiration.co.uk where you can find fun, unique and engaging workshops for enrichment in areas such as Brain training and Learn to Learn, Theatre and Drama skills and PSHE courses.
Some of the skills and techniques of stage performance can be transferred directly into the classroom.
Actors never show the full limit of their range. They always leave the audience wondering what the extremes of the range are. In the classroom, if you always work at your highest volume or in other ways at the extremes of your range, the children lose some of the mystery, some of the excitement of their teacher as a performer. The light and shade of using the middle of the range, with more subtle changes in tone of voice, pace or volume, for example, can be just as impactful as someone who commonly uses the extremes of their range.
The concepts of predictability and the unexpected can be very useful as well.
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