Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Classroom Notes

Greetings!

The kids returned on Monday excited and ready to get back into the swing of things.  I mentioned to someone that the kids were so dialed in that I could have put anything their way and they wouldn’t have even blinked.  The time spent establishing systems and routines during the fall paid its reward during February and March and continues today.  This allows the kids high levels of independence and ownership and they’re giving me high levels of responsibility to begin the exchange.  On Monday, we did several drama activities to reacquaint ourselves with one another.  We began with a series of quick-sketches, which led into some creative dramatics in small groups.  The kids were a hoot during the “freeze frame”activity.  The sort of activities from this morning serve a vital role in shaping our classroom as a community.  They serve as a way for kids to communicate about their lives and families, to interact and problem solve with peers, to move and speak in front of others, to have fun, and more! 

Before break, the Lewis Drama Club put on a fantastic performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  The whole school got to enjoy the show on Thursday afternoon.  I am so proud of everyone's hard work, practice, and persistence in developing their acting and music strengths!  A big thank you goes out to Ms. Tori and Mr. Jamesbarry, as well as the many volunteers for their work with kids to make this show possible.  Mr. Colvin has a wonderful collection of photos from the performances and rehearsals.

Mark

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