Client and Student Interviews
Rachel Cader: English and Media Studies Teacher
Liam: How have you applied improv into your work as a Teacher?
Rachel: I had a very, very shy A Level Media Studies class. They were terrified of sharing ideas, being bold and getting it wrong – which meant their written work was really limited. So whenever I had a lesson where I knew I wanted them to write to a high level (A level being really difficult these days!) I would always start a lesson with the classic beginners games. My favourite to use being ‘Piece of Cheese’ because it got them to a very silly place. I also like ‘Word at a Time Expert’ because it reminds them to just go one word at a time and build up*. But I’d play any game that took them out of their heads. I found that after these games they would be more relaxed, more likely to contribute to class discussions which in turn improved their written work.
As well as that I’m the union rep at school, which means managing different people’s reactions. I’ve found improv has supported my listening and support work for people I represent. I also have this dream of using improv within the youth justice system, working with young people that are at risk of/are involved in the system.
* Explanations of these exercises and more are listed on our resources page.
Thanks for the workshop. All the feedback has been extremely positive! The team loved it!
We walked away with communication techniques that will stick with us for a lifetime.
The skills you taught them will give them a real competitive edge in the market place.
Inspiring and hugely relevant to how we work.
I’ve used the communication skills learned at Hoopla to attract over $3m in venture capital for my start-up. And had fun doing it!
A smash hit. The feedback has been really amazing.
Improv has helped me to truly listen to what my clients want, understand their problems and then effectively work with others on my team to deliver a concise and consistent message.
My work is about helping clients be more creative and uncover different possibilities and develop them - which improv has really helped with.
Improv has supported my listening and support work for people I represent.
Improv is a great release to just mess around while building on the communication skills, confidence and self esteem that help me in my day to day job.
Really useful for building self confidence and being able to communicate better with people who I was meeting for the first time.
Improv helped me have more faith in myself, particularly in meetings with clients or senior stakeholders. I have more confidence that whatever comes out of my mouth will make sense and be of value.
I think improv makes people kinder to others and themselves. It teaches you to listen, react and support and I think everyone could benefit from more of that individually and collectively.