Improv Final Survey Results
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TimestampWhat was your favorite game that we played during the improv unit? Why?
What skills do you feel you gained in the improv unit?
Where, if at all, in your life do you see these skills being applicable?
How, if at all, did having the ability to choose your game for the final assessment impact your performance in the assessment?
What do you think went well in the assessment? What do you think could be improved?
Now that we have finished our first official unit, please rate your motivation in this class.
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10/29/2015 18:00:08
My favorite game was "whose line" because I really liked the way it practiced adaptability. I also think it made scenes more interesting.
My favorite game was "whose line" because I really liked the way it practiced adaptability. I also think it made scenes more interesting.
I think these skills are applicable in daily life. Sometimes situations come up that you weren't expecting, and improv really helps you deal with those.
I think choosing the game gave us a better sense of security and preparation. That's something students often need.
I think I did okay on the assessment. I think I could've improved the flow of my scene.
4 - I am very interested in continuing studying improv or acting at this point.
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10/29/2015 20:16:23
My favorite game we played was Freeze and Add On. I think this game really is the core of what improv is because you are constantly thrown into completely new scenes and your character can jump from complete opposite ends of the spectrum.
I think I gained the ability to really listen to what everyone on stage is doing. So often in theater, there is a lot going on and there are different plot lines, different characters and everything can feel a but chaotic if you aren't paying attention. Listening is such a key aspect of theater and I am glad I was able to enhance this skill through this unit.
I think that all skills learned in theater are applicable in real life. By developing my listening, it will lend itself in a work setting, a classroom setting and as a person. Other than listening, the entire foundation of what improv is-- thinking on your feet, going with the flow, always remaining confident- these are all key skills. No one will be able to completely cruise through life and if something doesn't go to plan, you need to know how to deal with it.
I think that being able to choose my game for the final assessment gave me more confidence walking into it. While all games were a lot of fun, people have a natural tendency to gravitate towards one more than others. Since it was an assessment, there were also certain games in which we knew we could display all we learned-- saying yes, making big choices, making bold justifications, listening and defining relationships.
I think the assessment went well because everyone was focused and you could tell that literally everyone was giving 8000%. To be improved, maybe have more opportunities to demonstrate skill? One assessment at the end of a unit is great in some regards, but at the same time, since it is the end of the unit, any feedback on how to improve in improv, will never be able to be demonstrated.
5 - I hope to make improv or acting my highest priority (within reason) at this point.
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10/30/2015 8:00:15I loved freeze and justify and I think it also helped us improve a lot.
Not to be shy. Also quick thinking.
Public speaking, acting on the spot, creativity.
I don't think I did that well in the final performance. I was really nervous and I didn't act to my best capability, but I think it was good and bad to choose. Choosing was a little more stressful, but it was good to know what was coming. If you just gave the games to us at random, it would have created less stress about it the nights before, but it would be a surprise in class.
I did well in freeze and justify, but I didn't do well in whose line is it anyway. During whose line is it anyway, I definitely could have moved around the stage and used the space more, and also not think to hard about what I was about to say and just say it.
5 - I hope to make improv or acting my highest priority (within reason) at this point.
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10/30/2015 16:35:43
The game that I enjoyed the most during improv was the gibberview game because as the translator you had full control over the story and were able to weave any type of narrative that you wanted.
I feel like I gained the ability to think on my feet and respond quickly to different scenarios.
These skills will be applicable whenever I need to react to events happening around me.
Yes, it made me more confident for the actual assessment prior to playing the game, but in actuality the sense that this was a graded assignment seemed to make me do worse overall.
I think that our performances could be improved because overall they just seemed to be less energetic and entertaining then when we had just played the games for fun.
3 - I am interested in continuing studying improv or acting at this point.
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10/31/2015 11:15:05
I think my very favorite was whose line. For one, I LOVE “Whose Line Is It Anyway!” And i like how the game kept me on my toes. I felt that i could do well in that game.
I think i am better at quick thinking and keeping character now.
If i am nervous, i can remember i have done worse in front of my class at least 2 times.
I think i was very creative in how i wove the line into my dialogue. Thought I do think i could imp rose on being consistent in how i use the space.
I think it helped me to stay calm with (the mere idea of) control.
4 - I am very interested in continuing studying improv or acting at this point.
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11/1/2015 12:52:08
My favorite game was 60-30-10-1. It was fun to dramatize and exaggerate a fake death, and it also helped to become an efficient actor/actress. You ha d to establish character relationships, setting, and conflict in a very short amount of time, then you had to cut that down and make it even MORE efficient.
I learned to be more efficient and clear in this unit. In improv, it’s important that the audience knows what’s going on, so you have to be very clear about that. Also, the audience will lose interest if you’re just babbling on and on without much comedy or plot development. I also learned comedic timing.
I do plays, so some of these skills I can definitely take with me to the stage. In addition, I can use what I learned about clarity and efficiency in my writing, and also in the way I normally speak/communicate,
I think I did alright on the assessment, but the scene was a little chaotic, and it wasn’t always clear what was going on.
I got to pick a game that I felt that I was good at. Since it’s improv, I couldn’t really prepare, but it was a comfort to know that the game I played would be one I felt comfortable with.
4 - I am very interested in continuing studying improv or acting at this point.
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11/8/2015 20:02:23
My favorite game we played was the one where a scene starts with one person, builds up to 5, and then back down to one and it gets resolved. I loved how it went in all these crazy different directions and you had to very quickly switch from many different characters. It required you to think very quickly on the go and also react to what the other characters were doing, all while coming up with a reason to leave the skit that you joined.
I gained the skills of thinking on my feet much faster. I was able to continue an conversation much more quickly than I could have before we started this unit. This skill is very helpful whenever you need to make small talk with someone. Having a conversation die after 30 seconds is never good.
As sated earlier, making small talk is very important in social aspects of life.
For me personally, I liked having a choice of what I got to do. It let me think at least a little beforehand on what I was going to do. And while this isn't the essence of improv, it was still very helpful to me.
I think I did pretty well. I felt like I portrayed a pretty clear character and did a good job of it. One thing I think I could have done better was coming up with more unique things to do. I felt as if I kept doing the same thing over and over.
2 - I might be interested in continuing studying improv or acting at this point.
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