Tuesday, July 15, 2014

what if...


card created using my photo + haiku  and 3D Postcard Generator


what if
you took a class of reluctant Shakespeare-suffering Year 9 students
outside

to take roles in Romeo and Juliet

there was a verandah and a couple of steps at the old drama studio
now used as a small chapel

the steps faced the oval

what if
the only instructions given the students were
sit anywhere as the audience
and
use anything in the immediate environment
if you have a role to play

what if
the students liked the idea
kinda
but enjoyed being outside the classroom

what if
as lessons passed
role players did not want others to take their roles
and the audience enjoyed asking the role players
questions about their character
what they were thinking
how they felt
as part of the last minutes of each lesson

what if
students owned their roles
and actually began
acting
in character

what if
the audience
loved the play
more and more
encouraging
the role players
to be
more and more
in character

what if
more and more
I had less and less to do
except
watch

what if
the students were sad
that the play
ended


what if
I was sad
too




Wordle: 21st Century Teacher Portfolio - blog wordle 15.7.14

To teach is to keep learning

1 comment:

Jennifer Sternlicht said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem. You brought to life the experience of fully engaging with a text despite all the aspects of teaching that hold students and adults at bay. I too thrive in those moments when Shakespeare's lines on modern lips give fire and meaning to the day.

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