Jessica's Story

I honestly can't remember a time that I was teaching when I wasn't part of DTA. I've been teaching longer than it's been around, but it's just part of my daily network and routines- so I can't imagine a time without it.

What led you to becoming a drama teacher?

Theater and working with children have always been my two greatest areas of interest, for my entire life… And at some point in high school/college it occurred to me that putting them together was what I needed to do.

What brought you to the Drama Teacher Academy Community?

I found all the materials I looked at and the training to be clear, straightforward, but also incredibly flexible, for applying to a wide range of teaching environments.

Looking at those first few training courses, I found myself eager to learn more while also recognizing stronger aspects of my own teaching practices in the materials and feeling supported and affirmed by that… It made everything that sounded amazing and incredible also sound like something that I could feasibly do - even in a new area (or technique or unit or lesson) - that I hadn't explored previously.

What do you use most in the DTA? How has it helped you?

"I love the visuals and graphics to use and presentations and print and hang around the classroom, the lesson arcs around smaller more focused subject areas and the larger unit resources that all give me a solid place to begin as a foundation and build on with my own skills and experience.

The DTA community on Facebook (and in online PLCs) has been a wonderful opportunity as well."

What kinds of success have you seen in the classroom using DTA material?

I love when I try out some thing that approaches the subject in a way that I had never tried… And by trying a new approach, I can then see other ways to look at it or new paths to follow, that lead me to something else… The resource isn't limited to the resource itself, but rather what it empowers me to realize I can do in my classroom.

What would you say to other teachers thinking about joining the DTA?

Do it!

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Amy P.
High School Drama Teacher
Being a member of the DTA provides a community that we often don't have in our schools. Most theatre teachers are 'one person shows' - we are the only theatre teacher in our school. DTA creates a community, a support group that shares ideas, concerns and strategies.
Thank You,
Amy
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Roxane C.
High School Drama Teacher
Being part of DTA means that feeling of *not* being alone in your own little isolated bubble. The website is super user-friendly. I love having the ability to build 'my stuff' on the website, so I have my little collections of curriculum and resources to draw on when I need them.
Thank You,
Roxane
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Christa V.
High School Drama Teacher
The DTA has something for everyone. It is as valuable for new teachers as it is for veterans. New teachers will find everything they need to help them feel as prepared and confident as possible. Mid or late career teachers can find value in refreshing their knowledge and learning new ways to approach content. And there is of course plenty of new content to learn.
Thank You,
Christa
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Jane M.
High School Drama Teacher
I had been a devoted user and follower of Theatrefolk, so when I heard about the DTA, I was IN! It became my saving grace, my connection to other theatre teachers, and really my imaginary colleague. Because the lesson plans are so thoughtfully and thoroughly crafted, I am able to create clear scope and sequence in my curriculum mapping. That focus allows me to teach with more joy and freedom because I have a solid foundation beneath me.
Thank You,
Jane

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