Living Pictures: Inclusive Pedagogy

Facilitators: Dr. Sherry Deckman, Assistant Professor, Department of Middle and High School Education, Lehman College and Judith Ross-Bernstein, Assistant Director, Center for Faculty Excellence

Please join faculty at the CFE as we investigate the potential of using classroom tableaux vivant, or “living pictures.” Tableaux asks students to envision the action and events they read about in a text by portraying ideas in a concrete form, “statues,” without the use of language. In this workshop, we will interrogate a short reading and concepts as your would with your students using tableaux, and consider, how could this technique be applied to your discipline?

In the process of creating tableaux, students are involved in developing their senses, building and activating background knowledge, asking questions, determining what is important, making inferences, and synthesizing the material they have read. As an active and dramatic teaching activity, tableaux supports student development and promotes inclusive classrooms.

Faculty in this workshop will:

  •  Identify dramatic activities that promote inclusive classrooms and educational development settings
  • Consider scenarios about diversity across disciplines or educational contexts to consider alternatives and possibilities
  • Apply insights about diversity and theater-based activities via critical reflection

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Monday, April 10, 2017 at 4:00pm to 5:15pm

Center for Faculty Excellence, 316 Gannett Center

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