This project focuses on teaching High School students improvisational techniques to increase their creative and critical thinking skills. This covers the use tools of Creative Problem Solving, rules and concepts of improvisational theater, and affective thinking skills. The finished project includes lesson plans, a workbook, and a video that will assist students and educators in teaching these skills.
The students participated in a six-week long, once a week class, after regular school hours. They participated in a mini lecture relating a tool or technique of Creative Problem Solving, followed by improv activities related to that topic. After the exercises, students participated in a debrief session where they were able to relate the information discussed to their academic experience.
The majority of these students were seniors. They were able, at the conclusion, to express confidence in their ability to use these tools in their higher education prospects. Underclassmen voiced a desire to continue classes in the genre in the future.