Learning Exercise

Ionizing the Classroom

Outline of the "ionizing the classroom" process used in "Classroom Full of Stars"
Course: SEED 415

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Ionizing the Classroom!

Suggested order and additional exercizes for Classroom Full of Stars materials (http://www.northern.edu/marmorsa/tgintro.htm)

I. CooperatION

A. AttentION

B. EmotIONal symphony

C. PositION

1. Stage geography

2. Body position/sharing the stage

3. Stage Cross

II. ConcentratION

A. Characteristics of an object/picture/artifact

B. DesriptION of scene acted in front of them

C. DescriptION of an event of their past lives

D. Details from an assigned passage/text

III. ImaginatION

A. What might this be?

B. What are you doing?

IV. MotivatION—the key to effective theater games

A. Establishing motivation

B. Establishing a conflict

1. Begin line improvisations

2. Object improvisations

C. ComplicatION

1. Chain improvisation

V. ResolutION

A. End-line improvisations

VI. Putting it all together: improvising on social science themes

A. Finding a physical symbol of ideological conflict

B. Contemporary issues: video lottery, election fraud, negative campaigns, media bias, the draft, social security, terrorism, etc.

C. Historical issues: slavery, dropping the A-bomb, religious conflict, etc.

VII. Who’s got rhythm?

A. Setting history to music

B. Historical rap


Theater games

Learning Objectives

Concentration on Northern State University School of Education Knowlege Base 4, Outcomes 1 and 2 (Planning, Implementation). 1. Planning Develops daily and long-range plans; states objectives in terms of learner outcomes; provides for motivation (ex. anticipatory set); organizes and sets the stage for learning. 2. Implementation Relates lesson to prior knowledge; teaches to an objective; shows examples and models appropriately; uses a variety of methods and techniques; includes active participation when possible; allows for individual and group practice; provides opportunities for inquiry; employs both cooperative and individual learning experiences; enhances problem-solving skills; provides opportunities for students to construct new knowledge of their world.