The pupil becomes part of a team with a goal in sight. However small the contribution, it is part of the overall achievement, an exercise in delivery that has required all to ‘play their part’. They begin to understand the effect of themselves in a microcosm of the world they will enter as adults.
On the way to the final applause personal hurdles will be overcome, fears will be faced, comfort zones will be ventured out of and beautiful examples of ‘in the moment’ problem solving will have happened. Through these experiences, all very difficult to create in a classroom, the child learns to surprise himself by how independently he can function while being a strong team player. He may have learned ‘I am the one who rescues others’, ‘I am the one who learns his lines solidly’, ‘I am the one who is totally reliable’ or ‘I am quiet and shy but I overcame my fears and played my part’, ‘I am a leader’ or even, very rarely ‘I am the one the audience cannot take their eyes off because I get the emotions involved in this and I can convey them truthfully’. This self-knowledge builds real self esteem based on a solid foundation and we know it is real self esteem which underpins success in education.