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Module 4 - Flow & Flexibility
Anyone who teaches performance knows what it's like to feel out of your depth.
To feel the ground you're standing on is shaky.
To feel lost.
A sense of panic.
It's inevitable. We teach how to move beyond what's known.
That means getting lost sometimes.
That's what teaching performance is.
The Teach Performance Programme will help you find unshakeable ground to stand on.
When you're lost, it'll help you find your way back home.
It's based in 'The Why & How Approach' - two basic questions: 'Why?' and 'How?'
They sound simple, but like all simple things, they're a simplicity at the far side of knowledge and experience.
Once you know your WHY and HOW, it clarifies WHO, WHERE and WHAT you want to teach.
That's how you define your unique offer.
When you get lost - which we all do - your WHY and HOW is the ground you return to.
It's the ground you stand on. Again and again.
It's how you understand your work, and explain and sell it to students and employers.
It's fine to start teaching by copying what someone once taught you.
It's not enough though.
To flourish, find your deeper purpose, your unique voice.
The alternative is a lifetime of feeling underprepared, under-confident and undervalued.
Or worse, losing the passion that made you want to teach performance in the first place.
The world needs your vision and your passion.
Don't be just 'another' teacher.
Be a Fire-Maker - lighting flames in those you teach, changing the world one student at a time.
Flow & Flexibility:
The heart of this module is Flow Theory.
Flow Theory is the name given to the Theory of Optimal Experience - explaining what's going on in the mind when you're having a really good time.
Understanding Flow opens up huge possiblities when you're designing and delivering workshops.
On a surface level, it's great to understand how to try to help students to enjoy your work.
If they enjoy it, they are likely to choose to engage more and for longer.
That way you increase intrinsic motivation.
You put pleasure at the heart of learning.
At a deeper level, Flow Theory offers insight into how to construct and give feedback on exercises.
At the heart of enabling Flow is to know how to negotiate the relationship between challenge and ability. It has profound implications for structuring work and empowering students to find their own ways of engaging with work.
It also opens up strategies for working with mixed ability groups.
In this module I look at some ways of designing exercises to enable Flow (also drawing on the pedagogical work in module 3)
Aligning with your work.
Using flow to design effective learning.
Cycles of learning.
Exercise design. (2 videos)
If you purchase Module 4 - Flow & Flexibility, you'll automatically receive a 10% discount on any further modules you choose to purchase. No time limit.
All modules of The Teach Performance Programme come with a 30 day money-back promise. If you do not find the work suits your needs, I'll refund your payment without question.
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I've been teaching, directing, performing, writing and researching for thirty years. I started from working as a performer in Physical Theatre, but over time my work grew to embrace theatre, dance, circus, and other body-based disciplines, with a particular focus on ensemble, physical theatre, improvisation, psychophysicality and presence.
I've worked in almost every area of professional, institutional and community teaching across Europe, the Americas, India, China, Australia and online. I'm the author of three books and for several years ran a practice-based MA at a UK University.
I've taught extensively in institutions such as India’s National School of Drama, The National Institue of Circus Arts in Australia, Universidad Pontificada in Colombia, the Balletakademien in Sweden, The University of Western Macedonia in Greece, Hangzhou Normal University in China, The National Autonomous University of Mexico and many others.