Local readers of The Drama Teacher who teach Drama and/or Theatre Studies in the Victorian Certificate of Education received their students’ results this week. I hope everyone is happy with their students’ written and performance exam grades, plus overall study scores.
For less experienced teachers out there trying to decipher why one of your students received a lower than expected grade in, say, the Drama solo performance examination, my advice is to always set your sights lower than you would like, and you won’t be disappointed. It is often more common for a teacher to be frustrated with a grade than be pleasantly surprised, so realistic expectations are always better.
Those of us who have been in the game a while know that 40+ study scores in Drama or Theatre Studies are difficult to achieve. Partly because these studies have relatively low numbers of students enrolled in them compared to many other subjects in the VCE, only a small number of 40+ scores (out of 50) are awarded each year. If one of your students received 45+ in Drama or Theatre Studies, they have done very well, indeed!
But for me, I get more excited about individual grades I know are equal to or beyond certain students’ personal goals (or perceived abilities), regardless of whether that grade is an A+ or a C.
Comment on this topic below if you wish (no school names, please). I will link to the web version of the 2013 high achievers in all VCE subjects in the coming days on The Drama Teacher, when the data becomes available.