Allison Orr and Served
A Partners in Performance event between Alan Brown, Department of Education; Brook Davis, Department of Theatre and Dance; and Wake Forest students
Secondary pre-service teachers (Education majors) got experience handling classroom management via various scenarios with the help of Theatre students. Theatre students served as the actors who played the role of students in a high school classroom. In each skit, the actors needed to react to the teacher and each other. There weren’t any pre-determined lines, just general roles. On top of that, the teacher had the ability to call a time-out to ask for assistance from the audience, his/her peers. On all sides, this was more or less interactive role-playing. It was beneficial to take the onus of acting away from the pre-service teachers, who had in previous semesters also taken turns playing the role of students, so they could focus on tying together content, pedagogy, and management.