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.
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.
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.
"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."
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.