An Outstanding Teacher

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.

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3 responses to “An Outstanding Teacher

  1. Zoe

    I think what I got out of your post most was that an outstanding teacher enjoys what he/she does. I am also a drama teacher a drama specialist and like you, I think that comes from my ability to adapt to many different ways. Your post shows your enthusiasm and positive attitude – that is what makes YOU an outstanding teacher.

  2. Krista,
    I have to say that I share your love for the theatre and your appreciation of its greater purposes beyond entertainment of an audience. In elementary and high school, I was always part of the plays & musicals that were produced there, and I so miss being on stage, painting sets, learning music, being at rehearsals, and the whole community experience. In university I took on a position as the Marketing Director for the student-run theatre company there, and that was a great experience, too (though not anywhere near as much fun as being on stage). Guh! How I miss that world.

    Experience tells me that people are quick to judge theatre. Some think it’s wishy-washy, or that it’s full of all the weird and impossible artsy kids of the world, or that it’s gimmicky. I, however, (even setting aside the pure enjoyment factor of being on either side of the stage) agree with you that there is much to be gained through the theatre experience on a very personal level. Encouraging students to get on stage is tough business. But it also is such a neat job! You will be giving students a chance to be comfortable with themselves. This, in the adolescent world, is huge.

    On the stage, you assume a persona, another character, another face maybe, but you are still taking a massive personal risk. Performing is so intimate. All your friends, family, mentors, and complete strangers are out there, watching every move you make, potentially judging every decision you make on stage, and very literally waiting for you to be entertaining. What an interesting concept! It’s odd, in a way, that we get up on stage and invite people to watch and judge us. But, of course, the magic happens when the judging stops and the enjoyment begins, when the audience becomes part of the performance. Asking a teenager to stand up to everyone she knows, bare all her skills and emotions, and show the world another side of her is so huge. You are very lucky to be a part of that exciting experience for every student you teach!

  3. Safia

    Krista, I love that you used the word “passion” in your description of the ideal teacher! No matter what discipline, no matter what grade level, no matter what school.. At the end of the day, if a teacher doesn’t exude a passion for teaching, then the learning experience of their students is compromised.

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