An outstanding high school drama teacher exudes skills teaching, responding to students, and passion for dramatic arts. My love for drama and visual art coincide with a natural teaching ability.
I think teaching suits my changeable nature; I tend to be happy-go-lucky, casual, yet determined, and tireless. I do find teenagers to be a going concern. I always find myself wanting to advise them. Adolescence is a determinative period. Yet all kids do not comprehend that. My interest in how students learn will only increase (or I will not do it). I may have to brush up on my listening skills (my husband would say so) at least I know how crucial that is. It is more than listening and assessing but listening in a responsive way and listening to things unsaid. I do feel quite adept at determining how someone feels.
Drama class is certainly one place where collaboration is fun. It is a positive approach to model good group dynamics. I have those skills in drama class, but when the pressure is on it can be competitive, or one- sided. I have always wanted more to be a more savvy leader. I crave release from anxious desperation.
A teacher who knows their subject is fundamental. A teacher who is willing to learn with their students is an excellent guide. I do those things in life and work.
I wish to continue to learn about drama, and find ways the best ways to teach it while expanding my practice in theatre. I would love guidance for involvement in theatrical productions. My goal is to keep investigating theatre history and become more up to date with the latest and greatest. Through study and practice, I will create a repertoire of exercises for the Drama curriculum. Those hopes and goals will result in being a drama teacher who is passionate and knowledgeable.
I study teach and practice drama because I just love performance culture, and the arts scene. Practicing drama is a true survival skill. Students develop the confidence to speak up for themselves, be convincing, ambitious and charming. These skills are not always innate and need to be encouraged. These skills can give students a large advantage in the world of work and academia. Empowering people with dramatic skills will help on whatever path they choose.
Do I measure up? If I cannot beef up my actual theatrical practice, I will feel a phony. I seriously wonder if I will get any teaching job at all. I have my mind set to it as a wish, desire, goal and a daily self determination.