Some of you are probably going “What did you do to Stu? Who are you, oh evil twin? AHA! That’s why you grew a goatee! Evil Universe Stu!”
Ahem… I’m not always a curmudgeon. I DO care strongly about the arts, Arts-in-Education, and Education in general. I feel that surrounding my rants I offer some positive thoughts/problem solving ideas to help not only generate creative and critical thinking, but to get someone to Do something. Then there are the times when I just need to vent.
On Facebook, I posted the following:
“Thank An Educator That Has Made a Difference in Your Life Day!”
Yeah, no such day. But, why not? The following people posted:
Roy A. AckermanSue Katzman/Finklestein,PhD- my hats been off to you for more than 47 years.July 21 at 8:01am · Like
Milena SherryMrs. Wolinitz. Kindergarten. I was sooooo shy and she made everything feel safe. Loved her.July 21 at 12:10pm · Like
Lisa DennettThank you Pat Sternberg, Hunter College, undergrad, for nurturing my soul with theater for children.July 21 at 2:05pm ·
- For me: Thank you Dr. Beverly Brumm. Your notes to me on my scene from “A Man For All Seasons” from way back in 1975 still resonate, inspire, and touch. Thank you.
- I would also like to thank my 1oth Grade Honors English teacher. I have NO idea what his name was, but he was really inspiration for me in many ways: I was a staff member and editor on the DeWitt Clinton HS newspaper (solely because of him) but most of all: he took us (the Honors Eng students) to Broadway and Off Broadway shows just about EVERY Wednesday (matinees) and opened up my mind to a variety of theater and movies, which we would then have to discuss and write about the next day in class.
I also have had MANY positive, memorable teaching moments of my own:
- When finishing up Romeo & Juliet with a Fourth Grade Class, some of the girls left the class, crying. Their teacher was upset with me at first: explaining that they were touched and connected to the death scene, that they had reached a place where the work of art resonated with them, and then seeing the look on that teacher’s face…priceless. Never was questioned again, by that teacher, about the work I did.
- Holding a regional Professional Development day in my classroom, and having a Process Drama class of mine present in front of teachers from other schools. The kids just blew them away with their commitment and deep understanding.
- Having my Drama Club kids perform at the New Victory Theater on 42nd Street in NYC, and then have the Director of Theater of NYC Schools tell me that he thought my kids presentation was his favorite of the evening!
- A student telling me that I gave her a headache after a pretty grueling Process Drama class. She was amazing in her inquiry throughout the entire process.
- One student wrote and presented a monologue so strong and moving that I choked up in class, and that’s not like me. She also got the only standing ovation from her class
That’s just five; there are many others.