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October 14, 2010

the Method

Seing as there is only one academic day before we start placement, I felt it was time to talk about the approach I am planning to take.  I've used it before, lots. 

It's a very versatile approach, some may be subconsciously incompetent, others may be consciously competent; I do believe that all individuals within society operate within its parameters to some extent or another. 

It's the Stanislavski Method, from Konstantin Stanislavski, a Russian from the 1930s.  It concerns itself with searching for the 'theatrical truth', replicating or reproducing another characters emotional state to project one's self differently.

I consider teaching to be a very unnatural process.  That is not to say that there aren't individuals who are not natural teachers, of course there are.  However, the notion of one older person standing in front of, let's say thirty, young people of all roughly the same age; within an institution, disseminating information via teaching - is a wholly unnatural act.  When else in the human lifespan does this occur?

With this wholly unnatural act in mind, it requires an approach which is a transformation of the usual self.  Speech, dress, walk, talk, non-verbal communication, mental state.  All of these things need to be altered somewhat for two reasons.  Firstly, to accommodate the virtues of the Method and secondly, to make the unnatual seem more natural.



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