My name is Karla and I am a Drama/English teacher at a comprehensive, co-educational high school in Sydney, NSW, Australia. I work as a teacher to build awareness and passion in children and the community for the subject of Drama which I love.
Teaching for me is about providing students with experiences and opportunities that they may not otherwise have if they didn’t come to school. It is also about developing life skills in a safe environment, which I believe, Drama is particularly of benefit. Johnny’s trip to the theatre, his participation in the musical, his creation of an original performance with others, may be the only thing he ever remembers about Drama because it was something that he had never done before and may never do again. These experiences and opportunities, I hope, will help Johnny and others to grow and become independent, intelligent young members of our society.
However, I know the realities of my philosophy compete with other pressures from within the school system as well as our personal lives (goodness are we allowed to have those as teachers?) I know many of us are often the only ones in our departments teaching Drama. This has meant that often I, and I’m sure you, have felt quite isolated and lacking in ideas and motivation to keep ploughing on or to try something new.
Thus the creation of the Drama Teacher’s Network. A Professional Learning Network (PLN) is something I feel is invaluable and absolutely necessary for a teacher these days so that is why I created this blog. It is designed to connect me with other drama teachers and them to each other so that we can share ideas about various aspects to do with teaching Drama and perhaps not feel quite so alone. I do feel, that many other teachers from primary schools or other teaching areas, may benefit from the thoughts and opinions shared on this blog also. Some things about teaching are simply universal are they not?
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In my spare time I enjoy looking after my health and well-being through exercise and organic, sustainable cooking and eating, going to the theatre, pottering around my house and neighbourhood, reading, traveling, discovering new places and people, watching movies and spending time with friends and family. Putting my feet up with a good cup of tea (of which I have a rather large collection) never goes astray either.