Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Don't Be Boring...
Most of them are my "Speech kids"...those kids who work with me from November through March to go to contest. But there are also about five who just took Drama because they needed an English credit. They are, however, very talented and fit right in with my kids.
The assignment I give the first day of school is called "Don't Be Boring". Students can do anything they want in one to three minutes. They just can't be boring. It's purpose is to get them to perform right away. There's nothing worse than waiting for days before you have to perform in front of the class, even if you know them well.
This class showed some talent--I had a student play the ukelele and sing a Jason Mraz song. One sang, another played her clarinet, several told stories.
And when we were done, they wanted to do it again.
They seemed to have a new found respect for the others in the class--especially those they didn't know well.
"I just learn so much about people with this," said one of my senior contest speech students.
So, we planned another one for last Friday. A couple were gone, and we ran out of time for a couple of others, so we finished up on Monday.
Again, I was blown away by some of the talent in my classroom. This time we had an acting piece, someone played piano on computer and we went to the band room for a percussion piece. There were also two dance numbers and several oral interpretation pieces
When the last person performed today, the same contest speech senior said, "Why aren't these people out for speech?"
"Yea," said another. "These are better than most of the things we saw at districts. And they didn't have much practice time."
There are several things I love about this. But the main one is that my very talented contest speech students recognize talent when they see it. And instead of viewing this talent as competition, they look at great additions to our team. And they encourage and recruit those people to join us.
And the next "Don't Be Boring" Day is scheduled for September 21. I can't wait to see what they come up with next.