Whether active on stage, behind the scenes, or at rehearsal, at the center of all drama is communication. Drama allows students to communicate with and understand others in a variety of ways. Perhaps more than any other art form, Drama also provides training in the very practical aspects of communication. Students who have participated in Dramatic activities are less likely to have difficulty speaking in public, and they will be more persuasive in their communications (both written and oral) and be better able to put themselves into others' shoes and relate to them. Drama students will also develop a more positive, confident self-image. Participation in Dramatic activity requires self-control and discipline that will serve the students well in all aspects of life. Students in Drama will learn to work together, to cooperate, to find the best way for each member of a group to contribute, and to listen to and accept the contributions and constructive criticism of others to ensure success. Drama is an important tool for preparing students to live and work as they find themselves in a variety of situations and settings.