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The Teacher as Performer

Tip Sheet No. 4

by Carol Crow-Carraco & James Baker, History

October 25, 1994

1. Role-playing in the classroom is for those will- ing to take risks and wanting something differnt to do. However, use it in moderation.
2. Select a subject with which you are comfort- able and especially knowledgeable.
3. Role-play a key figure, concept, thing (e.g., a molecule), or an ordinary person from another time or place.
4. Don't preach. Be the character.
5. Keep your costume simple: neual clothing or a simple prop (e.g., a scarf or hat).
6. Tell students 1-2 days ahead that a guest will be coming and to prepare questions. It teaches them to probe and analyze and stirs up conversation.
7. You can use vignettes to relate a story or event.
Tips generated by workshop attendees. For more information about this worksop contact any of the following individuals who attended or the CTL stalf: Mary Alice Hildreth, Joyce Rasdall, Sally Kuhlenschmidt, Dwayne Cantrell, Robert O'Brien, Jian Fen Zhao.


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