I've been teaching drama for a few years now, working with children of all ages, in various places, from schools to clubs. I am a trained teacher in Secondary and have enjoyed working with many different year groups. My only personal downfall is my lack of academia. I didnt study drama at school and I got my degree through practical and performance work as opposed to the theory behind it all. I have never had to perform or study a Shakespeare and I've never written an essay about Arthur Miller. When much of the drama coursework in the upper stages rely so much on the written work, I stumble and feel quite ashamed that I seem to know so little despite my wealth of experience and other knowledge. I have had 16 year olds tell me the themes behind a play, where I have been completely unaware. Colleagues believe I can 'learn' how to do this, but can I??? Can I really just pick up 'The Crucible' for example and learn what its saying? or can I just regurgitate some stuff from the web with no real understanding? I dont think I can do that. How can I possibly expect a pupil to write an essay on a subject I have little understanding of, let alone have no experience of writing myself?? So, Can I learn? or is it now too late? Either you've got it or you aint....... is this how it is? this has been niggling me for some time so your opinions are appreciated.. Much obliged.