Nicole Mann - Literature, Debate, & Creative Writing


Nicole Mann

Speech and Drama

Speech and Drama
After teaching Composition and Literature for over 13 years here at TAS,  I am thrilled to re-introduce speech and drama to the middle school curriculum. This year will be the 13th year I have directed the Middle School play, and the fourth year I have had the privilege of directing the elementary school plays as well. For more information on our Performing Arts program, please visit our TAS Drama page. In addition, I will be teaching 7th grade Literature, Creative Writing (6th and 7th grade), and Debate (8th grade). I am so proud to be part of the amazing Fine Arts program offered at the Anthony School.

Why everyone should take Speech and Drama....

On the Performing Arts:
"While many parents fear participation in drama will damage their child’s academic progress, a UCLA study concluded that students involved in the arts tend to have higher academic performance and better standardized test scores -- nearly 100 points better on the SAT, according to a separate study by The College Board."
"The future of our nation depends on our ability to create-and to be creative. During the coming decades our most important national resources will be human resources. If our nation is to continue to meet the challenges of the future, today's schools need to develop creative leaders." ~ Performing together: The Arts and Education, jointly published by The American Association of School Administrators, The Alliance for Education and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1985.
On Creative Writing:
"And where will we be as a nation if we graduate a generation of young people who can write an academic paper on the Civil War but have no power to convey the human experience? If Frederick Douglass had stopped writing his narrative on slavery because he felt he could not be at once a lucid communicator and an expressive, emotional being, where would this world be? ~Rebecca Segall, "A Passionate, Unapologetic Plea for Creative Writing In Schools". The Atlantic 
On Debate:

Promotes active learning: Deliberation depends upon the consistent participation of students in classroom discussions. As such, it is an alternative to, or supplement to, lecture-style teaching. The incorporation of student voices through deliberation provides an exciting opportunity for students to involve themselves in their own education.

Enhances communication and listening skills: Deliberation is an inherently communicative exercise, as opinions based on knowledge are shared with group members. Students must develop the ability to express their own opinions to other group members while remaining sensitive to others’ experiences to form collective judgment."

 On learning:

"Tell me and I will forget.

Show me and I will remember.

Involve me and I will understand."

Chinese Proverb