"Applied theatre is an educational experience that transcends what we know as the classroom environment and expands our knowledge of the world on a 1st person scale. It allows every individual of a student body to participate in almost every way possible. From research, to audio-visual skills, to performing arts, it is a process that includes every different sort of obscure talent that you could find in a public school atmosphere in the present day. The integration of these fantastic abilities gives students an outlet to express themselves while keeping a focus on important social studies. I learned a vast amount of information about the advancement in social activism in our country's history, about the detrimental effects of bullying on our modern society, and many more influential life-lessons because I was able to live them. Opening one's mind can be difficult to do in a classroom, but bring them to the stage and they will never forget the level of intimacy, wisdom, and acknowledgment that touched their souls."
Eloquent, isn't he? I'm pretty sure he is a far more powerful writer than I am!!
I'm going to continue blogging about our ongoing Year of Respect. I met with my colleague who teaches Social Studies, and she is going to have her students create an "action plan" for our high school for this project. I also am trying to get permission to get murals painted on our (very boring) white school hallway walls about diversity, respect, acceptance, etc. I'll keep everyone in the loop as we go forward.
Happy Fall All!