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Drama does not just mean using your imagination to be another character. It is more than memorizing lines and performing them in front of an audience. It means revealing yourself and your character at the inner core and grasping the truth of what the character is feeling, thinking, wanting, and expressing.    Many people believe acting looks simple because when you see a fantastic actor, it appears as though their feelings on camera or on stage are completely natural and completely honest. As an actress, I believe that there is a lot of truth to that. When I act, I feel as though I am a unique person, and I feel the emotions and experience the thoughts in the moment of that scene. I lose the self-consciousness of who I am and who is watching me and settle into the moment. This is what results in natural and honest acting.   It touches my heart when I see an actor become vulnerable on screen or on stage. I feel a sense of longing when I see an actor with... read more

Book 3: "A Play"   I threw this little beauty in my backpack a few months ago for a long day out teaching lessons. I've had Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" on my shelf for a while, but I'd never actually read it cover to cover. I love reading plays, so if I can swing it there might be a few more of them in this year's challenge, but this one fulfills the "play" requirement. I was fascinated by a couple of things while reading. The first was the subtle way that Willy Loman's mental state is depicted through intercutting of scenes. Willy is losing his mind due to stress, and struck me as perhaps having some kind of dementia. He lives in the past, drifting off into memories of happier times when things aren't going his way in the present. Several times in the play, there are two completely different conversations going on, one in the present where Willy is physically seated, and the other in the past where he is actually participating... read more

There's nothing like seeing a book come alive, and although movies are one form, theatre plays are another. The fun part about going to a theatre is that there are actually real live actors right there in front of you, and the interaction with the audience is much more intense.   This is very much so the case when you go to The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, performed these next few weeks at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. You get to vote (loudly!) on the sale of muffins (and crumpets!) on the streets of foggy London, and there are lots of chases and harried escapes so that you will find all kinds of characters suddenly standing right next to you as they careen through the audience, only to exit through side doors and pop up again on stage.   Charles Dickens wrote the original story in installments for a newspaper in the early 19th century, and it was so popular that he decided to publish it later in the form of a book. A very thick book. A play... read more

Philosophy of Education for M.J. T. To me the purpose of education is threefold: (1) provide students with a basis of knowledge, (2) teach students how to reason so that they can continue their education throughout their lives, and (3) instill in them a life-long excitement about and love of learning. Students must acquire a basis of knowledge, a framework on which to sort out and understand how various aspects of information in any subject area fit together to make the whole picture of where we have been and where we are going as a civilization. Science affects philosophy which affects the arts … ad infinitum. Nothing exists in a vacuum-sealed box. All knowledge is recursive and intertwined - reaches out and affects many areas outside the discipline in which it begins. I liken this basis of knowledge to a needlepoint tapestry mesh framework. The threads of different strands of information are worked in at various points. In some way every thread touches every other... read more

One of the more frustrating things about tutoring is when students or their parents want to treat tutoring like a quick fix. In other words, sometimes they want to meet the night before a test and cram for said test in hopes of getting a better grade. On the surface, this problem might work, but it treats the symptoms rather than the root of the problem. If you're going to take the time to invest in a tutor, then here are a couple of suggestions. First, try to catch the problem early. If you (or your child) is struggling in a subject, get help right away. Don't wait until you (or your child) feels that overwhelming feeling that comes when one is completely lost in information. The sooner a tutor can get involved, the better the tutor can help a student to stay on track. Work with your tutor to adopt a thorough approach to the subject. It is not enough to learn the facts of a subject, but also to learn the reasons behind those facts. If you want to do well in a subject,... read more

Over the past 5 years I have had significant success in teaching in the subject areas of drama, theatre, writing, applied art and theatre aesthetics, contemporary philosophy, and dramatic practice and theory. Young people who have worked with me on the mid- and high school level, in special education settings, and at the college and university level, have achieved considerable success in graduating from school, and continuing their education on the college and university level. A large number of my former students has entered the professional work force in theatre and the entertainment industry, either as interns or employees of established and well respected theatrical institutions such as the Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf, The Lookingglass Theatre, and Irondale Ensemble Project in New York City. Students who have worked with me at the German National Theater in Weimar, Germany, have gone on to study at the Bauhaus University of Weimar, and the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik... read more

Why did I choose to teach via WyzAnt? It seems that people trust screening agencies today! We want someone to do the background research for us! From the web search, I found this placement company. It's easier that way to market my services, so it seems! Be my first student or group or students! My local and international references are excellent! I love to teach! My students become my friends! Sincerely, Bonny

Just wanted to introduce myself, I am a new tutor at WyzAnt but have been tutoring for five years. I also teach at local colleges. I am excited to work through WyzAnt and get to know more local students, as I have a passion for teaching students how to bebetter students with the skills they have and can learn. I struggled as a student until I went to college and learned how to be a good student, so I like to pass on these study and learning strategies. I have worked with students from K to 12th grade and beyond. At the college level I have worked with students with the age range from teens to seniors citizens. Looking forward to working with students both eager to learn and frustrated with their inability to "get it". I can help.

On June 2, 1989, my life changed forever. A brand new world was brought to my attention. I moved into the main land of the United States. I am Puerto Rican, meaning natural born American, but was raised on the island of Puerto Rico. Don't get me wrong, I have always been more fourtunate than most people with my condition. You see, I have a condition called Spina Bifida. I guess it would make more sense if I explain myself. Normally, during the first month of a pregnancy, the two sides of the spine (or backbone) join together to cover the spinal cord, spinal nerves and meninges (the tissues covering the spinal cord). Spina bifida refers to any birth defect involving incomplete closure of the spine. Myelomeningocele is the most common type of Spina Bifida. It is a neural tube defect in which the bones of the spine do not completely form, resulting in an incomplete spinal canal. This causes the spinal cord and meninges (the tissues covering the spinal cord) to stick out of the... read more

I am certified K-6 elementary education, and 6-12 in Drama- in the State of Florida I was a tenured vocational arts/dance K-12- in the State of New Jersey No Child Left Behind- Praxis/NTE- passed in 2005. I was a Substitute teacher in Flagler County Schools in Palm Coast, Fl. for 9 years. Currently I am a Resource Teacher, specializing in reading and math for K-7 at Calvary Christian Academy in Ormond Beach, Fl.

As a special educator who has worked in the public schools and tutored privately, I've observed that all students learn best in an emotionally supportive environment. Most students with special needs have accumulated a long history of negative learning interactions over the years. They feel inferior to "better" students, they sense that teachers expect less of them, and above all, they are painfully aware of their parents' disappointment and anxiety. I have tutored students at very different grade levels and found many of them full of anxiety, to the extent that in some cases absolutely no work was accomplished due to emotional roadblocks. Why? The problem may be an emotional one to start with, or it may arise because by the time parents decide to pay for help from a professional, they have exhausted themselves trying to understand and explain why their child is blocked. An emotionally supportive environment, paradoxically, may not be the one in which they are most loved:... read more

If you are studying for the AP English Literature test or taking English or Literature in high school or college, you probably have had to study Shakespeare, or perhaps plays from the modern period like those written by Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, or Thornton Wilder. It's not easy to see a production of these plays unless you're lucky enough to be studying at the same time a production os showing nearby. There's nothing like live theatre, but you can see excellent productions of most of Shakespeare's plays as well as productions of plays by modern authors if you have a library card. No, they're isn't a production running in your library's auditorium, but most libraries have electronic services holdings that allow you to download a production right to your computer--and it's free! My local library's electronic holdinngs has two productions of Hamlet alone. Do you like group study? Well, why not download a play, and hold a theatre study session in your home, or in fact, most anywhere... read more

How do you spend your time? Got a bucket list? Want to learn how to timesurf? It's very much BE, then Do, then Have...The culture has brainwashed everyone into thinking it is HAVE then DO then BE. Buying a tutu is not necessarily going to make you a ballerina or buying an expensive golf club is not automatically going to place you in the top ten finish of a golf tournament or having a laptop computer or website is NOT necessarily going to guarantee that you will have A+s or cash flow everyday. "Time is more important than money!" should be a maxim that you live by everyday wherever you are. I don't think cramming for any exam or test will ever work unless you apply the right attitude and right technique. "The Map Is Not the Territory!" - the 1st Neuro Linguistic Programming presupposition. One may imagine seeing your map and successfully achieving your destination by purely smart and hard work. Does anyone ever use a time... read more

Students (including Lifelong Learners) tend to learn (and teach) the way that they were taught. And, repeating content information... * Lists * Formulas * Dates * Vocabulary Definitions * Quiz Items * Etc., Etc. in an endless, boring array Teachers are fond of calling repeat focus and instructional activities "reinforcement." But constant repeating of the material to be learned can be counter productive, and even negatively productive; i.e., the student learns less than they knew before. Focused attention upon the repeated information does seem to strengthen the bond to that learning. But, repletion, on its own does not work. The reason that more and more "Reps" of verbalizing or sub vocalizing content fails to provide increased content retention is that our brains are hard wired to quit paying attention to this sort of stimuli. The part of our brain that is responsible for this miracle of survival is called the "Reticular... read more

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