Teacher Voice Workshop Post Mortem


(c) The Royal Institution; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

(c) The Royal Institution; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation



improv class

Paul Sills Story Theater Class

I’d like to thank everyone who participated in the Voice workshop. What follows contains all the readings used or referred to in the sessions and my full contact information. I encourage the participants and others who are interested to read the resources below; and to contact me if there is anything that you wish to discuss related to applications of the process that we worked on in the workshop to your actual work in the classroom. 

It was my honor and pleasure to work with all of the attendees. Your openness, talent, intelligence, experience and generosity taught me so much.  
(I caution some  others that all of the original material listed below is copyrighted by me, the Illinois State Bar Association and the University of Illinois. Those copyrights will be enforced if necessary.)

Finding and Exploring Your Teacher Voice

Richard Thomas, Department of Managerial Studies

Four sessions: January 28, February 4, February 11, February 18 at 5:00-8:00 p.m., Conference Room 1-471, First Floor, UIC Library, East Campus

Experience. Observe. Reflect. Apply.

Through exploration of the art of teaching.

Participants will consider aspects of their personal and unique ways of teaching through experiencing improvisational games, reflecting upon and discussing leadership after examination of YouTube clip examples; and preparing and executing a lecture, a presentation, and an interactive teaching activity. After the four sessions of the workshop, participants will form a cohort that will support and consider applications of its work together in actual classroom situations.

Led by Master Teaching Scholar Richard Thomas,


Blog: https://richardsteventhomas.wordpress.com/

Teacher as Artist: http://tlc.uic.edu/posts/


Suggested Readings for Voice Workshop:

Spolin, Viola. Improvisation for the Theater. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press. 1990.

Palmer, Parker. The Courage to Teach. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass. 1998.

Ailes, Roger. You Are the Message. New York, New York: Bantam, Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc. 1995.

Lubet, Steven. Modern Trial Advocacy. Louisville, Colorado: National Institute of Trial Advocacy. 2009.

Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York, New York. Continuum 2007.

https://richardsteventhomas.wordpress.com/2015/03/05/the-virtue-of-exasperated-teaching /




PRESENTATION PLANNING: WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THE THEATER, Illinois State Bar Association 2014 https://richardsteventhomas.files.wordpress.com/2016/01/presentation-planning-what-we-can-learn-from-the-theater-pdf.pdf

INTRODUCTION TO IMPROVISATION FOR LAWYERS: Basic Communication Skills for Public Speaking Teaching and Presenting, Illinois State Bar Association, September 20, 2012 https://www.box.com/s/ur4yu04d0g4nfjsxhhi6

INTRODUCTION TO IMPROVISATION FOR LAWYERS: Basic Communication Skills for Attorneys, Illinois State Bar Association, September 21, 2012 https://www.box.com/s/sk7891mh0njbvqf2lstc

(Editor should attach links to the docs attached to this email here.)

Participants and others are encouraged to contact Richard Thomas to discuss this creative process in relation to their work in the classroom.

Richard Thomas

UIC Master Teaching Scholar, 2015-2016

Clinical Assistant Professor

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Business Administration

Department of Managerial Studies

601 S. Morgan St.

2120 University Hall, MC 075

Chicago, IL 60607



Copyright 2016 Richard Thomas

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