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Practice Makes Perfect

March 8, 2011

Today, my class started to practice their lines and actions for our big television show. They were so excited! The students quickly learned that it takes a long time to memorize lines and figure out how to present to others in an interesting way too. Watch this Photo Peach slideshow of the “young actors” hard at work:

Practicing For Our TV Show on PhotoPeach

While we are still not ready for our final presentation yet, here is a recording of one of the groups presenting “scared” during our initial full-group rehearsal:
I love how this group considers the audience — a group of six- and seven-year-olds — in their presentation. They knew that Spiderman would interest these young children, and they planned accordingly. Way to go!
Thanks again to Colin Jagoe (@colinjagoe) and iAnna for inspiring us to complete this project in the first place and continuing to motivate us even when it gets hard. We watched the second iAnna episode today, and the students were even more excited to practice after seeing this great acting. Thanks Anna!

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  1. What a wonderful project! I love how engaged your students are! They look so proud of their work. Practicing does play an important role for children. It builds their self-confidence in the task. Repeated reading (of their scripts) builds fluency and comprehension.

    Our school days are only so long. When we intertwine several skills and strategies into one, as you have shown here, we can accomplish so much more!

    Thanks for sharing! I loved the various tools you used! I will definitely be checking them out.


  2. Thanks Kathy! I really appreciate that. I think that the students are definitely seeing the value in practicing, and they're excited to do so too. They're loving this project!


  3. I can't wait to see the finished product. I'll show this to Anna tomorrow. She was tickled that she's had this effect. 🙂 So much so, that we recorded 2 more on the weekend. I have a few more to post now!

  4. That's awesome, Colin! My students will be thrilled that they have more iAnna episodes to watch. They really do love this show. Anna has inspired all of them a lot!


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