I was fortunate to participate in the Broadway Teachers Workshop in New York City this summer. I WAS ON BROADWAY!!!! I met drama teachers from around the world and took workshops taught by current broadway actors, directors and choreographers. I learned a lot of new techniques, refreshed and dusted off some good ol' practices I had forgotten about but most all, I am rejuvenated to begin the new year. I was so very lucky to see 6 broadway shows while I was there. (School of Rock, Something Rotten, Hamilton, On Your Feet, Shuffle Along and Fun Home). The last 4 shows we had "talk backs" after the show. We stayed in the audience and the cast came out to talk to us. The one reoccurring question for them was; "What would you tell the students we teach about becoming a performer?" The answer was always the same. "Have fun, Believe in yourself, Be yourself, Be kind and Never give up. Your time will come." Every single talk back the actors spoke about how drama in school gave them confidence and the ability to follow their dreams. One actor went a far to say that drama saved their life. It was the one aspect of high school that made him stay in school. Theatre is like that.... we build a supportive atmosphere to explore, be creative, show emotion, problem solve and most of all have fun. New York was a dream come true for me! I loved every minute of it and would return in a heart beat. (Only to visit though.... it was hot a smelly)
I am thrilled and excited to be teaching drama again after a couple of years hiatus as I explored being a classroom teacher to grade 4's (Math/Science). My time in the classroom emphasized the importance of the role the arts play in the development of the well rounded child.
It was fun to see the students reactions to finding out my role in the school had changed. I was welcomed with many hugs from students, cheers, high fives and huge smiles. I spoke with many parents who were very supportive of my new role and I thank you all for making this transition so wonderful for me.
I was so glad to see Monday, August 24th come as I finally had students in my classroom. The first class was centered around expectations/ routines, assessment, class format, reflections and drama warm ups. It was so wonderful to reconnect with the students I have worked with previously and meet all the ones I will be building new relationships with. I am very lucky to work with such caring, respectful children and teens. I know this is going to be a fabulous year!