By Raina S. Ames
A reference for prime university theatre lecturers masking either curricular and extracurricular problems – every little thing from tips to craft a syllabus for a theatre category to what to claim to oldsters a few student's participation in a faculty play.
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After the production, this student came to my classroom very excited. She happily declared that she understood Shakespeare after being in the play and she loved it now. She took out The Complete Works of Shakespeare her mother had at home, and she was reading different plays on her own, understanding and appreciating them. It proves the point Oscar Brockett, well-known teacher of theatre history, made. ”1 Even if the play had not been a success in any other area, this one student’s conversion and enrichment was worth the process.
Beyond this, though, there is one other reason that stands above all others to justify my production. I cast a student who, the year before as a sophomore honors student, read this play in class with me. ” Nevertheless, she auditioned, and I cast her. After the production, this student came to my classroom very excited. She happily declared that she understood Shakespeare after being in the play and she loved it now. She took out The Complete Works of Shakespeare her mother had at home, and she was reading different plays on her own, understanding and appreciating them.
How do you handle this? ” Ethics in teaching is a gray area. A teacher should never step over the bounds of appropriateness, but there are many lines that are blurred. Suppose a student is having “significant other” problems. He or she is not comfortable talking to parents or the counselor, so you are the chosen candidate because you spend so much time with the student and you are the theatre teacher so you will be understanding. Living as a teacher in a high school environment, you become quite aware of love relationships.
The High School Theatre Teacher's Survival Guide by Raina S. Ames