TIA Presentation- Kelly Holland

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Spring 2012 TIA PowerPoint Presentation for EEX 3241 and EEX 3243

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Incorporating Improv Skills into the Classroom Teachers In Action Presentation :

Incorporating Improv Skills into the Classroom Teachers In Action Presentation Kelly Holland Dr. Grillo EEX 3241 Dr. Kinney EEX 3243 & Spring 2012

UCP of Central Florida:

UCP of Central Florida UCP of Central Florida was founded by a group of parents who began the then small program in 1955. Thanks to many generous contributions, UCP has continued to grow and serve the Central Florida community. UCP of Central Florida is a free public charter school that serves children with and without disabilities. UCP incorporates an Inclusion Program at all six of the campus locations. A variety of programs are offered at UCP that service children from infants to 21 years old. Excellent support services and therapy programs are offered for the students and families of UCP.

Princeton Elementary School:

Princeton Elementary School Princeton Elementary School is part of the Orange County Public School System. Students from Kindergarten to Fifth Grade are served at this school. Princeton Elementary is a Orange County Magnet School that focuses on science. Orange Counties Visually Impaired Program is housed at Princeton Elementary School. Princeton has been a “Grade A” school for seven consecutive years.

How I Spent My Time:

How I Spent My Time For my Teachers In Action project, I had the privilege of spending time serving at both Princeton Elementary School and UCP of Central Florida’s Bailes Campus. I also participated in a improv training course with Ms. Theresa Becker throughout the semester.

Improve Training:

Improve Training Over the Spring semester, I participated in Ms. Theresa Becker’s improv training sessions for Dr. Grillo’s EEX 3241 course at UCP of Central Florida’s Bailes Campus. During our training sessions, we worked on several different improv techniques and activities. The activities were done in small groups and large groups. Time was spent with students in a classroom setting before the training sessions began and at the completion of the training series. These activities helped build my confidence level while speaking or presenting in front of groups of peers.

Implementing Improve In a Classroom:

Implementing Improve In a Classroom Teaching can often feel like a performance for students. Improv training is helpful in building confidence and skills that are not only used in acting, but also in day to day life and activities. “Yes And” is an exercise that I witnessed being utilized and that I was able to utilize while working with students this semester. The “Yes And” exercise allows you to embrace the other persons ideas by agreeing and then adding to the conversation without ever shutting anyone down. “Yes, and…”

Participant Demographics:

Participant Demographics Over the course of the semester I had the privilege of working with many students. UCP Bailes Campus: Second to third grade classrooms. The students had various ethnic backgrounds, linguistic heritages, and exceptionalities. Princeton Elementary School: First grade classroom. Students with and without exceptionalities, various ethnic backgrounds, and various linguistic heritages. Some, but not all of the students that I served are considered persons with disabilities according to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. These students are covered under I.D.E.A. due to their particular disability and their need for an I.E.P. I estimate that approximately ten of the students that I served had a disability or disabilities.

Service In Action:

Service In Action Improvisation Skills Classroom Setting Positive & Comfortable Environment + =

Perceptions:

Perceptions Initially, I was apprehensive in participating in the improv training because it took time away that I could have been serving in a classroom. After completing the training sessions and spending additional hours in a classroom setting, I feel that the improv training was valuable. The overall outcome of the improv training experiences was positive because I was able to utilize the skills in my service learning experiences. I also feel that I will carry these skills into my future classroom. I feel that my new found confidence and knowledge will allow me to work better with all students- with and without exceptionalities.

Connections to Courses: EEX 3241:

Connections to Courses: EEX 3241 I am enrolled in EEX 3241: Methods for Academic Skills for Exceptional Students with Dr. Grillo . I understand the following three course topics better because of my experiences this semester: Universal Design for Learning: Multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement. Types of Feedback: Acknowledgement, amplification and rephrasing, and correction. Questioning in the Learning Process: Elicits student involvement, fosters cognitive learning, reinforces concepts, and allows the teacher to monitor and adjust instruction. These concepts are clear to me because they were all utilized during the improv training and during my time working with students at UCP and Princeton Elementary School. These concepts will help me be better prepared for my internship in the Fall and allow me to work better with students to meet their individual needs.

Connections to Courses: EEX 3243:

Connections to Courses: EEX 3243 I am also enrolled in EEX 3243: Techniques for Exceptional Adolescents with Dr. Kinney. I understand the following three course topics better because of my experiences this semester: Reading Instruction/Informal Reading Inventories: Informal assessments used to determine a students reading level. Collaboration between the Content and Co-teacher: Co-teaching services can be provided through provision of indirect services and the provision of direct services Instructional Methods: Direct instruction, strategies intervention model, and constructivism. Because of my service learning experiences, I was able to witness these concepts and visualize how they work within a classroom. Understanding how to properly collaborate with other educators and understanding various instructional methods will allow me to better serve my future students.

Course Specifics in Relation to :

Course Specifics in Relation to TIA has supported me in developing collaboration skills through the experiences that I chose to participate in for the completion of this assignment. TIA has aided me in better understanding the importance of differentiated instruction by allowing me to witness how differently students learn. Each student has unique abilities and disabilities, and because of this aspect, each student learns differently, and is motivated differently. I feel that TIA helped me to tie all of my new found knowledge and experiences together to make my learning experience more meaningful. I do feel that the TIA component allowed me to feel better prepared for my internship because I am more confident in my abilities as an educator.

Civic Engagement:

Civic Engagement I have always felt that civic engagement and volunteerism is incredibly important in our community. TIA only reaffirmed my beliefs. In my opinion, the volunteer gets as much out of the experience as the person or persons that they are helping. Students with disabilities feel more accepted and are often encouraged through civic engagement opportunities. I think that spending time in a classroom is the best way to learn how to teach. Service learning experiences always motivate me to stay involved in my community, with the students, and with teachers in which I have built relationships with long after the service learning ends. I would definitely encourage teachers and students to participate in service learning because you gain so much knowledge about students and the teaching career.

Final Thoughts and Reflections:

Final Thoughts and Reflections I feel that by being involved and talking with others about my experiences in classrooms and with students with disabilities encourages them to become more involved and aware. Teachers have a very important role in their classroom, their school, and their community. Teachers have the power to make a difference by believing in their students, advocating for them, supporting them, and encouraging parent engagement and community support. I am excited to carry the experiences from my TIA experience into my internship and into my future classroom.

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