I have had the privilege and joy of being a public and private school educator for the last 18 years. My first assignment was teaching kindergarten for a year. What I naturally knew back then and have intellectually synthesized over the years is simply how one delivers a message. Coming from a theatre background if something wasn't working - we changed it. Teaching requires a real-time moment to moment gift of improvisational skills. When the energy is low - get the students moving. When the topic is a chore, tweak it and liven it up: reconnect. Ultimately what I have found students love more than anything is a great story. But a great story is dead if it isn't brought to life by the reader's approach or imagination. I firmly believe we should be training students daily in public communication. I have had an incredible and awesome opportunity to help teach ways of improving reading skills through delivery. When I enter a classroom I am motivated by the desire and excitement of students wanting to come up in front of the class to share their own published stories with skills professional actors and speakers use.
In addition to delivery and communication, equally important is patience and empathy. When children struggle in learning or are having struggles in a particular subject - an underlying psychological and emotional fear can develop. As a teacher, it's important to make sure that each student learns to stay present, to breathe and to know that no matter what score they achieve, they are valued for their humanity.
I think when this environment of trust is established students can begin the process of freeing up their mental blocks, fears and shames and flow in a state of inspiration and intuition.
Cal State Long Beach - BA, Theatre