Michael Draut, West Hills Middle School
“Mr. Draut teaches choir, theater, and stage crew. He requires all of his students to complete a “comfort zone” assignment each term. This is where a student selects an activity that is outside their comfort zone and completes that activity and reports about their experience. This could be anything from asking an employee at a store for help or singing a solo. It must be selected by the student and not compelled by anyone else. I love that he helps the students step out of their comfort zones and debrief about the experience. Many students find wins and realize they can do hard things. Mr Draut is loved by all his students, but these comfort zone assignments make a huge impact and make him stand apart as an excellent teacher who not only teachs the students the content of their course, but life skills as well.”
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