New Fall Course: Theater Techniques for Teaching

Thursday, June 23, 2016

ALS 6014: Theater Techniques for Enhancing Teaching and Public Speaking

Tuesdays, 4:15-6:15pm
1 credit, S/U grading only
Class number: 18031 (requires instructor consent)
Meets from August 23 – October 4*, plus a final presentation event to be scheduled

Theresa Pettit (tp64), Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
Colleen McLinn (cmm252), Director, Cornell University Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning

Using the storytelling and character-development techniques of theatrical improvisation, this seven-week course aims to help graduate students enhance their classroom teaching and public speaking for both formal and informal environments. Participants will build decision-making skills and enhance their abilities to think creatively under pressure through engaging exercises. The goals for this course are to improve teaching presence in the classroom, form a learning community, and build the confidence necessary to connect with a variety of audiences in a range of educational settings. Due to the active and sequential nature of the class, please defer taking the course if you know in advance that your schedule will require you to miss two or more sessions.

*Rosh Hashanah is on October 4, so an optional makeup session will be held on October 11 for all who are interested.