This is a question shout out to all the teachers out there.
What is the right balance between instruction/discussion/practical?
I’m teaching a brand new long form workshop (the finding, creating and developing of theatrical and sustainable play ideas. Phew!) and I’m worried that I’m talking too much, and not finding the right amount of participant input AND practical exercise time too. I’m obsessed about students DOING instead of listening to someone talk. But that’s my own learning process poking through. Maybe I’m just trying to do too much – that’s highly possible because I’m always afraid of reaching the end of my time…. and there’s ten minutes to go. I’m dead rotten at winging it, and my soft shoe is far from entertaining. Charades anyone?
The thing is, there are things that need to be said. There are things I think I need to verbalize about how to use the process and hammer home the fact that everyone CAN find play ideas. Yes you can! You! I’m not kidding! The more I talk, the more convinced I am by the thesis of the project and the more I get excited about passing it on. But that’s me, are the students buying it too? Do they listen to teachers talk all day and aren’t as bothered as I am by the sound of my voice?
Weigh in teachers. What’s your balance? Where do you draw the dividing line between doing, talking, and processing? I’m all ears….