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Ms. Zena's Z-Battical: Connect with Kids

Ms. Zena's Z-Battical: Connect with Kids


Successful Theatre Teachers: Connect with Kids


The “awards” wall...I know that when I walk into a teacher's classroom or office or teaching space & see a wall filled with student photos, letters from kids, handmade cards emblazoned with “THANK YOU” or “YOU ARE THE BEST DIRECTOR EVER”, or funky objects (shakespeare figures, fuzzy bookmarks, pins/stickers, show memorabilia, etc) - I know I have walked into the room of an educator who has connected with her/his students.

The “hanger-outers”...I know that when I walk into a teacher's classroom or office or teaching space before school or between classes or during lunch or after school and see kids hanging out on the floor or on the couch or on the teacher's desk...I know I have walked into the room of an educator who has connected with her/his students.

 

The “helpers”... I know that when I walk into a teacher's classroom or office or teaching space and see kids show up to ask if the teacher needs anything – an errand run, a hand finishing a set piece, a call made - I know I have walked into the room of an educator who has connected with her/his students.

 

The “tattle-tales”... I know that when I walk into a teacher's classroom or office or teaching space and kids run in, between classes, to quickly share the derogatory or congratulatory comments they heard in the hallway or from another staff member about the program, another kid in the program, or the Theatre teacher, I know I have walked into the room of an educator who has connected with her/his students.

 

I know I have walked into the spaces of over 30 successful Theatre teachers
on this journey thus far because I see that the kids are engaged with that educator beyond just the classes and the rehearsals. There is a fine line we walk in handling these relationships with our students...it is one we hover on constantly...but if we are truly making an impact with our students, we walk it well.

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