Creative Teaching

Dr. Holmes' relationship to the Bioinformatics program of Boston University is long if not continuous. Recently, along with improvscience performance director Mia Anderson of Mia Anderson Consulting, she has been integrating the Professional Presentations performance coaching within the graduate seminar led by Daniel Segre.

It is always a joy to bring improvscience to new audiences. The Cultivating Ensembles in STEM Education and Research (CESTEMER) conference will be June 10-12 in Berkeley, and we're excited to be a part of it! Raquell Holmes and Nick Gross will lead the Creating Conversations in STEM Classrooms workshop on Thursday.

On January 10th at Boston University, join improvscience for an interactive workshop: Creating Conversations in STEM Classrooms. Register  to work with Raquell Holmes and Nicholas Gross who will lead faculty, instructors and students through the practice of improvisational principles in the classroom.

Oct 29th, Nicholas Gross talks on the role of improvisation for conversation and communication in STEM classrooms in the Boston University, Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Series.

November 22nd, I have the honor of joining Dr. Lenora Fulani at the All Stars UX for their first Science and Math Day. UX is the newest grassroots initiative of the All Stars Project in New York City. I was first introduced to improvisation in the performance workshops of the All Stars Talent Show Network, their flagship youth program.

Scientists around the country are discovering that improvisational theater training can help them develop their skills in communication and collaboration. What do these playful theater exercises teach us? People strengthen their skills in listening, responding to the unexpected, collective problem solving and building conversation. In this online improv course we will practice listening, building with the contributions (offers) of others, and collective story telling.

On Saturday, April 5th, 1- 4:30 p.m. at Boston University, join improvscience for an interactive workshop: Creating Conversations in STEM Classrooms. Register now to work with Raquell Holmes and Nicholas Gross who will lead faculty, instructors and students through in the practice of improvisational principles in the classroom.

In my first teacher supervision group with Carrie Lobman, we were learning to build Social Therapeutic learning environments. This rich experience had committed educators sharing their goals and struggles to create learning and development with their students. Carrie is now working with a growing body of my colleagues around the country who want to transform their classrooms and find ways to grow as innovative, collaborative educators.

Another discovery through collaborative conversations: Jane Burke’s article on Edutopia. She highlights when she brought an experienced dancer, choreographer to work with her students in chemistry. We hear in her and her student’s voices statements that are often heard when students are invited to understand science with more than abstract words.

Teaching occurs in many contexts: classrooms, workshops, tutorials, and more. Creative teaching looks at the use of performance in teaching science and the cultural, improvisational character of teaching.

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