Shhhhh…Don’t tell the kids!
|September 24, 2012||Filled under Communication Skills, Drama Education||
I loved teaching Drama because I knew that while my students were having fun playing Drama games–positive they were doing nothing remotely academic–I knew they were gaining extremely valuable, totally transferable communication and presentation skills that would serve them well throughout life. While I was being taught by experts at Teacher In-Service days how to include technology in the classroom–how to use texting to engage students who might otherwise not speak up–I taught students to face their audience and speak with strong, expressive voices. I pushed students to take creative risks and watched shy kids gain confidence and blossom. Listening, making eye-contact, helping each other succeed, sharing and building on ideas were part of the curriculum. Under the guise of “Drama & Theatre,” I was teaching Foundational Communication Skills for Leadership and Life. In an age when communication increasingly occurs via technology (texting, social media, email) rather than face-to-face, the development of these foundational interpersonal communication skills would also give them an edge over many of their peers. We may live in a digital age, but excellent communication skills remain essential to leadership, management, sales, and career development. Shhhhh…Don’t tell the students! They thought they were just having fun, not learning something so tremendously important.
Now I am translating this material into a class relevant to professional adults who would also like to gain these critically important communication, presentation and leadership skills. What fun! The class is called The Tools of Face to Face Communication. To read more about it follow this link: The Tools of Face to Face Communication.