Finding and Exploring Your Teacher Voice

Workshop presentation and materials prepared by:

Richard Thomas, Department of Managerial Studies

Experience. Observe. Reflect. Apply.

Through exploration of the art of teaching.

Participants considered aspects of their personal and unique ways of teaching through experiencing improvisational games, reflecting upon and discussing leadership after examination of YouTube clip examples; and preparing and executing a lecture, a presentation, and an interactive teaching activity. After the four sessions of the workshop, participants formed a cohort that supported and considered applications of the work in actual classroom situations.

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Workshop Material



Spolin, Viola. Improvisation for the Theater. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press. 1990.

Palmer, Parker. The Courage to Teach. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass. 1998.

Ailes, Roger. You Are the Message. New York, New York: Bantam, Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc. 1995.

Lubet, Steven. Modern Trial Advocacy. Louisville, Colorado: National Institute of Trial Advocacy. 2009.

Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York, New York. Continuum 2007.

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