have the TEKS impacted your program?
it is critical that theatre teacher across the state understand
how important the TEKS are to the curriculum that they are teaching."
TEKS make our students more specialized. Once they've taken a beginning
level class and learned all the objectives in that class, they have
all these skills that they are able to put into practice when they
get on the stage. For students who participate in our program and
have not taken the lower level class, we almost have to reteach
"And, I think the TEKS have enhanced our program because kids
recognize this. They recognize what makes Johnny special. 'Why does
Johnny know how to do that?' He knows how to do that because he
has training. Students see that training is vital and has nothing
to do with a particular play or audition because all of that is
taking place outside of class. No, Johnny's special because these
techniques and this foundation were laid earlier. Students really
find value in that. They notice that. And our enrollment in our
Theatre I classes always goes up after a production. In just watching
a rehearsal, students are watching and evaluating all the time,
especially in a theatre class. They are constantly evaluating themselves
and those around them. That's part of what we do."