Monday, 3 August 2009

Helen O'Grady Drama - a lively engaging teaching business

In many non-English speaking countries, but particularly in Asia; parents are often focused on children’s academic achievements. Both in school and outside, their paper achievements seem to weigh more than a child’s overall development – perhaps the baby boomers, of which I am one, grew up in much harder economic conditions and did not have as much opportunities in education as they would like to have. Therefore, the expectations as well as their dreams are now placed on the young shoulders of their children. Unfortunately, with the growth of the World Wide Web as well as rapid advancement in technology of telephone systems and computing; children are slowly losing that personal touch because their fingers can now do the talking.

Drama has made the difference in my children’s lives. While like all other children they allow their fingers to do most of the talking – sms, msn, aim etc; they have developed effective thinking on your feet skills as well as become lateral thinkers. Hence, I am glad to have embraced this international teaching business and made an impact on their young lives when they were growing up.

I was never a teacher not even a drama specialist but what I had was the passion to teach since I was 9 years old. I had a wonderful primary school teacher who became my role model. This desire to teach took awhile to materialize since I took up corporate roles that sent me around the world. 12 years later, looking back – I have no regrets making that career switch - leaving a well paid prestigious corporate job to be part of this drama teaching business was the right thing for me.

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1998 CHIJ Kellock Upper Primary Students

1998 CHIJ Kellock Upper Primary Students
FIRST in-school enrichment program started in 1998 in CHIJ Kellock with this Upper Primary class. 11 years later, drama classes are conducted worldwide as an after-school activity in many schools. Visit us on our website