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Non specialist starting in September as full time Drama Teacher

Discussion in 'Drama and performing arts' started by fudgeface, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. fudgeface

    fudgeface Occasional commenter

    I had a few years where I only taught KS3 - it is extremely hard work and not always as rewarding as teaching higher up the school.

    As another person posted - give them a chance - could you team teach?

    Good luck!

  2. I would agree, my non specialist (who is now kind of a specialist) started with KS3 and then I gave her GCSE. She is very thorough and works really hard and asks lots of questions (whereas my previous 'specialist' thought she knew it all and made no attempts to professionally develop or do anything different)
    Watching you teach could be invaluable, maybe in the summer term when timetables can be lighter.
    I would say that stretching them in more abstract ways can be a limitation so any relevant courses would be very useful - but if your school is anything like ours they'll have stopped them by now! Also invite him/her on theatre trips (especially A Level ones) where they can see a range of plays /techniques that may inspire their teaching
  3. Thank you for all the feedback, I will provide a reading list and set up observations. I think we will be able to set up training which will be helpful. I will just split the load as usual and hope it pays off, the positive experiences here with non specialists is very helpful and reassuring.

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