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This is why improvisation works in the classroom: To be an improviser (and this is true of improvisers who perform on “Whose Line is it Anyway?” or “Saturday Night Live”) they have very similar skills to what we want kids to see. For example, meaningful study of improvisation requires discipline, collaboration, social interaction, copious practice, critical thinking skills, analytical thinking skills, intuitive thinking skills, and also creative thinking skills. These are the kinds of skills that we want our kids to possess. Improvisation is the ideal pedagogical approach or strategy for teaching and learning due to its inherent structure and flexibility.

I suggest watching the video, “Yes….AND for the Classroom” for some background for these ready-to-use classroom games.  (The video is short, about 2 minutes and available in my office.)

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Grade levels Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Higher Ed
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