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Taming Bad Behavior with Improv


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I found that improvisational activities provide a unique opportunity to bring classrooms together, especially if you’re having difficulty with students who have emotional and/or behavioral problems. I have used improvisation with a combination of ability and age levels with excellent results.

I'm sure you will have some who refuse to participate at first, and that's okay, as long as they don't disrupt. If they do, it's probably because what they passed up suddenly looks like fun, so offer them a second chance to participate. Of course, you do have to draw the line somewhere, but I have found that the non-judgmental atmosphere of a theatre games class is just the thing for many behaviorally challenged students.

There are many books available on improv and theatre games. I recommend books by Viola Spolin, who was the acknowledged leader in improvisation education for many, many years.

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