10,000 Hours

By Barbara Hamilton, a perspective poem after completing Think 360 Arts for Learning’s Institute for Creative Teaching

 

10,000 hours of practice is what a famous man says will make ME an expert

At playing the viola, or at playing golf, or sculpting.

He says, razor sharp focus and meticulous planning will achieve my goals.
Now that would be 41.6 days if I never slept, ate, or saw my children or husband

If I worked at being an expert for just 5 hours a day, every day, that would be 2,000 days.

It’s also 285.7 weeks of practicing the viola or 5.5 years,

WITH NO DAYS OFF.

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Why I Love Theatre Teachers

By Stephen Gregg

I love theatre teachers.

There are obvious reasons. I love their enthusiasm as they do a really hard and really important job. I love that they’re invariably easy to talk to, and funny. But there’s a bigger reason that I love theatre teachers, and to explain it I’m going to talk about a play that I wrote a long time ago.

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