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Guest post by Ira Rabois
One way to increase student engagement and decrease anxiety in the classroom is to combine mindfulness and improvisational theatre exercises to teach subject matter. Improvisation develops a sense of trust in self and others, as well as whole-body thinking and awareness. It is also fun.
Improvisational mindfulness activities can be used in most academic subjects. Personally, I have used them in English, Social Studies and Social Science classes. My colleagues have used them to teach foreign languages. They can also be used by teacher trainers to show how to present material in a lively way, relate compassionately with students, and face challenging situations with empathy and clarity.