Reut High School theater teacher Lihi Shamir was recently named Educator of the Week by Beta Educators, the Jerusalem Education Authority’s innovation unit.
Lihi studied both acting and education, enjoys creativity and movement, is studying playback theater in depth, and is in her fourth year of coordinating the theater track at Reut in Jerusalem. Here’s what Lihi had to say after learning of this special recognition:
“In my opinion, peer learning is the creation of collaborations that expand every teacher’s toolbox, but most of all – it is an opportunity to create a meaningful, intriguing learning experience that broadens students’ horizons. And isn’t that why we are here?
“Upon finishing my studies, I was immediately welcomed into Reut High School, a place that speaks a unique language and works to do the best by each student, a place that is a warm, intimate, and integrating community. Bit by bit, I met the dedicated staff that knows how to share, to strive, to ask questions, and to constantly think about how to improve.
“But still… being a theater teacher means sometimes feeling a bit alone within the system, speaking a similar – but slightly different – language. Most theater teachers are “one of a kind ′′ in schools, and there is no subject staff around them. And so, because of this feeling, I started looking for partnerships with other staff members. At first, with a social-educational coordinator, then with the literature teacher, and so on. I have come to discover that these collaborations produce unique and interesting projects!
If you study Moliere’s “The Miser” in literature, if you deal with legends of the destruction of the Temple on the tenth of Tevet, if the educational staff tries to solve problems of bonding within a cohort and deals with conflict management… Why just talk about? If you can bring the different topics and the texts that are studied to life, and create, for example, a theatrical arrangement and an experience of a show in front of an audience.”