In this FIG we will explore active ways to express your voice in the classroom. While you navigate your first term at the University of Oregon, our group will also develop creative strategies for discussion and presentation. Speak for Yourself links COLT 101 and TA 271 because we will use many methods that come from theater, but we will also apply them to other kinds of classroom dynamics. Our approach is both casual and formal throughout the term: we will casually try exercises to support engagement in all classes, and we will build individual skills through formal/fun presentation assignments within the FIG seminar. We especially encourage self-identified “readers” or “writers” who want to stretch outside their comfort zones into a supportive environment for exploration. We hope you will Speak for Yourself!
Some activities we will do in class include:
-Exploring presence in communication through breath and body postures.
-Reading or annotating out loud to prepare for engaged discussion.
-Trying out presentation strategies with coaching in the moment.
Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package*:
*Courses in the FIG package may be subject to change