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Two Writing Teachers
As much as I was in awe of the pure talent shown by all the students on stage, I thought about all the kids behind the scenes. The ones who painted sets, managed the lights, played the music, moved all the props, helped with costume changes and applied the makeup. They put in as many hours as the performers, but they had to enjoy the applause from backstage.
When I think of my classroom, most of the attention (positive and negative) goes to those students who participate and call out and demand the most attention. My quieter, thoughtful students usually stay "in the wings" and let others "take the stage." I try my best to give those quieter students one-on-one attention and let their voice be heard.
Not everyone is a performer or an extrovert. The world needs actors and backstage people. We need to cultivate all personality types and make sure everyone gets the applause and recognition they deserve.