Improv Exercises

NISE Network product
Description: 

Improv exercises empower educators to facilitate positive, learning conversations with visitors. Incorporating improv exercises into staff and volunteer training helps create a supportive and upbeat environment for educators to practice and strengthen essential skills. Included are tips on how to lead improv exercises with your staff and guides for 13 separate improv activities you can use.

Objectives

Big Idea: 
Improv exercises can strengthen skills educators use when interacting with guests.
Learning Goals: 
  • Prepare staff to hold learning conversations with guests rather than reciting scripts.
  • Warm up critical skill sets required for guest interaction/guest facilitation.
  • Empower staff to think on their feet and respond in the moment.
NISE Net Content Map: 
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Credits

Funding: 
Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
Permissions: 

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Development Process: 

NISE Network products are developed through an iterative collaborative process that includes scientific review, peer review, and visitor evaluation in accordance with an inclusive audiences approach. Products are designed to be easily edited and adapted for different audiences under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. To learn more, visit our Development Process page.