Carrie Leigh (carrie_leigh) wrote,
Carrie Leigh

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Starting School Blues

This is my thirteenth year to teach.  It's my eleventh year to teach theatre, and my fourth year to teach playwriting, and I have to say, I'm a little burnt out.  I haven't felt like lesson planning, haven't felt like preparing... haven't felt like anything, really. 

There's not much to do to prepare for the playwriting class, anyway.  It's a very organic process; we write.  We write usually whatever spews forth from their (or my) minds.  Sometimes it's scary, but more often than not, it's great. 

But the acting class... grah. Every lesson that I'd like to teach, or project that I'd like to do, spans more than 1 class period.  And this is a private academy.  I teach the junior high and high school classes, the regular ones; these are the kids that are just doing it for fun, that aren't in it for the long haul.  So there's no guarantee that every student will be there for every class.  And they sure as heck aren't going to memorize anything.

I'm sorry, it bores the crap out of me. I can do it, and they'll have fun, but I'm bored stiff and really find myself dreading it.

So, that said, did any of you take theatre in high school?  Was there any activity that you liked doing more than another?  I might be desperate here for something to hold my attention.
Tags: teaching, theatre

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