Saturday, November 7, 2009

What I Learned This Week

  • Sometimes a week is clearly defined by one, simple overriding principle: "What was I thinking??!?"
  • Attempting two shadow puppet, ad-libbed productions of The Wizard of Oz in three weeks' time definitely rates several "What was I thinking??!?" moments...maybe a lifetime's worth...
  • Attempting said production with 45 middle school monkeys with rather sketchy memories of the Judy Garland classic is even crazier...
  • "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is hilarious when sung by a middle school boy who doesn't know the lyrics...
  • When allowing students to improvise, be prepared say "Keep it appropriate" about a billion times.
  • Ghetto scarecrows, zombie tin men and cross-dressing lions may show up during improvisation...stay calm...  
  • Post-teaching beverages should have an alcoholic content of some kind...sigh!

4 comments:

  1. Your nutty week with the monkeys made for a very, very entertaining post!!! Cross dressing lions . . . inappropriate improvisations . . . ad-libbed shadow puppet productions . . . OH MY!!! Bet they had a ton of fun and will remember this production for a lifetime! Hugs & Love, Terri xoxo

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  2. Sounds very entertaining to me Michelle!! You have a constant supply of fresh ideas at hand all the time! Love your media piece today too!

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  3. Thanks for sharing, Michelle. I remember when mine were in middle school -- that neverland between child and adult. My house was a sort of "mission control" for my son's friends (half-done men with changing voices) and for my daughter's friends (budding women full of giggles). I have tremendous admiration for the teachers who deal with this age. It sounds as if your classes are allowed to develop their creative sides. Good for you!!!

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  4. You manage to conjure up a wonderful picture of your week - hope you've got your feet up with a large glass of something soothing.

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