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My name is Sophie Jones and i am 23 years of age. In 2011 i graduated from Leicester College of Performing arts where i obtained a Trinity National Diploma in Musical theatre. I have always had a passion for performing and since a very young age have been in many shows and filming experiences. Since graduating i have been auditioning and successful enough to be part of magazine calender shoot, dance, fashion shows and am now embarking on my new adventure of filming.  I wish to live the dream and gain as much experience as possible then hopefully after graduaring from Middlesex University work towards my PGCE which will hopefully allow me to teach. Live the dream then teach it, inspire others as i was!

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

4d, Delving more

Whilst i was looking through other people's bloggs i came across Liam who is going along the same line of inquiry as myself, as soon as i read all of his questions i just had to comment straight away. Yes i proberbly rambled on but lieke i commented i felt so passionatly about his uestions i just ahd to replort back to him with my iopions and views on age of dancers, does a dregree make you a better teacher and how is ability th key or image a selling poitn for a dancer. This really got me thinking and i feel his line of inquiry is going to be most intertsing i can not wait to see how it turns out and read it.

I have also been doing some research of my own and sent out my questions to people i know and have worked with for their personal feedback.

I wish to see all responses and use this to compare and contrast for my professional line of inquiry.

Key skills you need to have to become and effective teacher is someone who listens to all caring and kind to all those in their class ...someone who shows authority when needed is also key so that respect is given....your journey of becoming a teacher will be never ending you will have to do all your training and some form of teacher training then you become and NQT and with that your continue everyday to be the teacher thats learns and grows with the students you will encounter ...I think you can definitely use your professional knowledge as a guide to influence and inspire as it shows your students you are a real life being and not just a 'teacher' you will adapt and learn new teaching styles through colleagues at work certain methods will only work for particular children


  1. Don't beat around the bush, your critique is key for growth.
2. Tough skin to deal with difficult parents and children, the ability to take any situation and use it as a teaching device, remember how you were at that age and use your own person experience to know how far you can push your students mind!

I don't ask a student to do anything I can't show or haven't done other then in extraordinary circumstance (the student is amazing and already surpasses your own talent)

3. Knowledge of technique, body form and general dance.

4. To become a great teacher the experience you have is everything to your student, every integration you have with each student whether how big or small it may be can change there entire life, a lot of pressure to put someone under but we do it for that end result!

5. 1000% if you don't then you might as well of skipped you professional career in the eyes of your student! For each exercise you do in class extends to a movement you will use in your professional career, everything links and you are there to not only show them what n how to do something but why!

6. Just like when you first learnt commercial, contemporary, tap, ballet if its not natural, learning a new style is something that just takes repartition.

These responses were very intriguing to read through. Both believe how in a tiny second you can influence and inspire someone, and how different methods and pressures can work differently for different children.

Furthermore Whilst browsing the web this evening i came across this website, where a particular lady shared her experience as a teacher. I found this very mesmorising as to how one teacher had used various methods and techiques to control a situation in a instant that had been proceeding for a long time.  Her conclusion saying how "Every student is different; no two students react in the same way. It is our tasks as teachers to find not only what motivates each student to learn but also what motivates them to misbehave. If we can meet them at that point and take away that motivation, we can go a long way towards a more effective classroom and learning experience." sums this up perfectly.


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