Words of Wisdom from one who has been in trenches-
- Take care of your secretaries and custodians. They are the unsung heroes of your school. Offer them free tickets for your productions and thank them in your program.
- Learn the purchases order process of your district.
- Connect with other Theatre teachers and ask for advice and ideas. Go to schooltheatre.org and look up who the chapter director for your state/providence for the Educational Theatre Association/Thespians. Contact them and see if there are festivals for students or teacher conference. Attend these events.
- Plan for more than you think you will cover. It is always easier to adjust than to stretch a lesson on the fly.
- Try to find an hobby or interest outside of Theatre. You need an outside interest, so you can recharge.
- Take time to observe master teachers in your building.
- It does get easier.
Here are some helpful books and sites as you begin your journey.
- Raising the Curtain by Gai Jones- A great book for any Theatre teacher. http://www.perfectionlearning.com/speech-theatre-raising-the-curtain
- ARTSEDGE- http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators/lessons.aspx
- BYU-Theatre Education Database http://tedb.byu.edu/
- Educational Theatre Association/International Thespian Society- http://schooltheatre.org
Film/Video/Media Studies Links
- Adobe Education Exchange- http://edexchange.adobe.com/pages/home
- Video2Brain Training Website- http://www.video2brain.com/en/ Academic Discount link- http://www.video2brain.com/en/edu-abo
- Teach Film Studies website- http://teachfilmstudy.com/film-study/
- Mister Sill's Website- Film/Video reacher who is also a Google Certified Teacher and Google Certified Trainer. Great resources on how to use YouTube with your classes. https://sites.google.com/site/mistersill/
I wish everyone a great start to your first year of teaching. It goes by fast. I can't believe I am starting my 18th teaching.
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