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Acting: A Metaphor for Teaching?

Dr Ronald Kander | Jefferson University

Acting: A Metaphor for Teaching?

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In this discussion, I would like to explore the idea of "acting" as a metaphor for "teaching". The three dimensions of the metaphor that I would like to explore with the audience are: 1) the "teacher" as the "actor", 2) the "lesson plan" as the "script", and 3) the "classroom" as the "theater". (Note that one could argue that, in the context of active learning, the "students" are the "actors" and the "teacher" is the "director".) In considering the teacher (or the student) as the actor, we will explore theatrical concepts such as "costume", "voice" and "movement". In considering the lesson plan as the script, we will explore theatrical concepts such as "plot", "characters" and "timing". Finally, in considering the classroom as the theatre, we will explore theatrical concepts such as "stage", "set" and "props". With the help of the audience, we will consider extensions and expansions of this metaphor and how they might help inform us about our teaching/learning processes.