People who learn the art of improv can manage just about any situation they face. The art of Improv taught in the classroom provides teachers and children with a tangible way to discuss topics, solve problems, and heal relationships. I use Improv in a multitude of ways. Here are a few examples:
1. A teacher came to me with a student who was having difficulty getting along with his partners while working on a project. He and I discussed how using the Fundamentals of Improv to help his group succeed and do well on the project.
2. When having a discussion about famous inventors, we talked about how listening helps keep the conversation moving forward so people do not repeat the same things over and over again.
3. A student turned in her writing assignment and had not finished all the elements of the rubric. I found one area where she did well and said, "This part of your story shows an example of creative thinking, you really tapped in to your imagination." This demonstrates a "YES" to her work. Then I quickly follow up by saying, "And, I wonder if you have an analogy to give your readers a visual picture of what you imagine in this scene."
These are just a few examples. Once you get in the habit of using improv, you will use it multiple times each day. I made this poster to help my students have a reminder about how to use this tool. I hope you will find it useful too.
Pearls take time to form; likewise, our words should be chosen carefully and with thought.