Putting the Human Centre Stage focuses on the hidden skills within a teacher’s repertoire, such as a teacher’s interpersonal skills, classroom presence, classroom atmosphere and group dynamics, importance of teacher’s voice, non-verbal communication, the general affective aspects of teaching, motivation, rapport, teacher’s energy and motivation, improvisation, and preparing for the unexpected. This book will enrich your teaching, prompt you to reflect on your approach, and encourage you to build a positive classroom community.
There is support for the knowledge and skills-based approaches that currently exist, but in Putting the Human Centre Stage the author argues for more of a practical emphasis on the above, which many teachers and trainers deem ‘unteachable’. This book demonstrates that they are teachable, backing this assertion up with theory, research, and – most importantly – a wide range of practical activities that can be done individually by teachers or used by teacher trainers in a classroom training situation.
Putting the Human Centre Stage is divided up into two parts: the first covers the theoretical underpinnings of this book and draws on research to critically argue that there needs to be more of a focus on being a teacher rather than the what or how. The second section puts the theory into practice and is full of exercises, activities and lesson ideas in a recipe format, designed to develop or improve teacher presence and classroom rapport, and help you build a positive classroom community. These activities can all be done by teachers individually, but many are also suitable for teacher trainers and managers involved in their teaching staff’s professional development or running formal teacher training programmes.
This practical resource is aimed at newly-qualified teacher, practising teachers and teacher trainers working not just in the field of English language teaching or in general education. It is applicable to teachers of any subject at any level, or age range, in any discipline. For teachers, it will be a useful reference, and to teacher trainers, it’s a resource they can use in the classroom.
Publication: May 2019
Chapter 1 Introduction
What is this book about?
Who is this book for and how can it be used?
What is the thinking behind this book?
Chapter 2 Insights from other fields
Social interactionism, constructivism and humanistic approaches to education
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
Facework and politeness theory
Drama, theatre and improvisation training
Chapter 3 The ghosts behind the blackboard
The ghosts of teachers past
Research into teacher qualities
The experiential playground
1 In the beginning …
2 Beating the burnout blues
3 Teaching is …
4 The essence of teaching
5 All eyes on the class
6 Memorable teachers
7 In memoriam
8 Look into my eyes
9 Looking at me looking at you
10 The ABC of Shakespeare
11 Non-verbally speaking
12 Pay attention!
13 Throwing your voice
14 Everything in modulation
15 Circles of attention
16 From page to performance
17 Take a deep breath …
18 Conducting me, conducting you
19 From first impressions to classroom presence
20 Power poser
21 Status play
22 Status tutorial
23 Space invaders
24 Do what I say, not what I do
25 Niced to death
26 Praise be!
27 Good cop, bad cop
28 Structured improvisation
29 On the way to the forum
30 Uppers and downers
31 The art of multi-tasking
32 Take a walk on the funny side (Part 1)
33 Take a walk on the funny side (Part 2)
34 One moment in time
35 Teachers caught on camera
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