Through workshops, classroom visits and individual sessions, researcher Sandi Carroll along with Carla Zembal-Saul from the College of Education, explore the impact of learning the “discipline of play”—as it is taught by traditional comedy techniques—on how we teach. We introduce methodology to develop participants’ own unique sense of play and explore how educators can transform classroom interaction with students to engage them kinesthetically and ignite their imaginations.
It is well documented that children learn through play, so why not adults too? Our hypothesis is that learning “the discipline of play” can increase the quality of engagement we have with our students. In this era of online education and two-dimensional communication, our face-to-face interactions have the potential to transcend lectures, power-point presentations, and discussions to become interactive, engaging, funny, and potentially even moving ways to invite our students into learning.