Personal Reflection On Stereotypes In The Classroom

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When I saw the directions of this assignment I immediately knew what I was going to observe. I decided to do a group from my high school the complete opposite of me. I am a person that has never been to watch a play in a theatre. This has not seemed to interest me ever. I am a student athlete that loves to play and watch most sports. So to me, I have always felt like athletics are so much harder than putting on a play. This is an assumption I have taken that I wanted to test and see if it was true. To test this I decided to attend a play practice and a play that my high school recently put on. I was given permission to watch practice by the drama teacher Mr. Mandelko. I took time to reflect on what I would be like at a play. I just assumed …show more content…
I noticed a few people who I was familiar with at my high school. One in particular named Dillon Gibson. He is my friend as well as a football player that incorporated into this play. The first question I thought of, and asked him was, “WHat is truly harder this play or a football practice or game?” He had a tough time answering this question and had to think about it for a little bit. While he was thinking it convinced me even more that performing plays and sports are in some ways similar. He did answer the question with, “In their own separate ways they are both incredibly hard. To make a decision to choose which is harder is nearly impossible for me to make.” This completely destroyed my thought that sports were harder because this is a person who has experienced both situations telling me differently than what I thought. After having a talk with him it reminded me of a quote from a movie called Any Given Sunday. The coach tells the players in an emotional locker room speech, “Because in either game - life or football - the margin for error is so small. I mean, one half a step too late or too early and you don 't quite make it. One half second too slow, too fast and you don 't quite catch it. The inches we need are everywhere around us.” I felt like this quote was very true about the situation I was in. That is because if you do something early in a play …show more content…
I learned so much about the theatre in one play practice. When I went to the play I actually enjoyed it because I appreciated all the time these people spent on making every last detail perfect. From the wardrobes to the lighting and also the sets they play was wonderful and it took a lot of time for them to make it this way. If I had to give anyone advice about anything I would tell them that you shouldn’t make stereotypes about people because most times your stereotypes are wrong. I would recommend anyone to do this experiment for themselves because you learn so much about yourself like what you honestly think and it changed the way you think about all situations. I would even try to do this activity again, but do something different the next time that i did it. I would use the same approach, but not as extreme, like how I stereotyped. I would choose a group that is completely different than what my personality is. This experience also took me out of my comfort zone. When I first walked into the practice, I could feel myself start to sweat and my face getting red. Getting out of your comfort zone is a good thing to do for yourself as I found out in this experience. In closing, from this experience I have a new outlook on new opportunities and ideas and it is very

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