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Performance Ideas for high energy but shy ELL Students?
Old 10-22-2009, 07:55 PM
 
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Hi All, I have a class of high-energy, yet shy (in front of a group) ELL students between the ages of 10 and 13.

I previously taught in a larger American school with art and drama and music specialists. Now, in a much smaller school abroad, I'm to do everything... with NO training or "idea books".

I've just been informed that our class is expected to do a "class performance" for the school community shortly before Christmas. There are only three classrooms at my school. The primary class teacher loves to sing and her class is doing Christmas Carols and a little play. The middle class teacher plays piano and guitar, so beautifully orchestrated musical performances are in order. I don't sing, and don't play any instruments.

My students all speak English, but generally with a load of slang peppering their language.

I am stumped as to what to do that would be entertaining to the parents/younger students, showcase their strengths (they are a humorous group that loves to laugh, make witty comments, etc.). Last year their teacher had them do a type of a game show performance.

I have about ten of those hairband/reindeer antler things, and a Santa Hat. I also have a Statue of Liberty Crown and could make other things. Was at first thinking of doing an enactment of the traditional "Night Before Christmas" poem, followed by a version from the Pacific Country where I teach. (That way one person could narrate, the others act...) but I'm afraid that they would not have enough individual involvement in something like that, which would encourage off task behaviour during their performance.

Does anyone have any idea of what we might think about doing? Will ask the class but would love teacher ideas because you have a better idea of the management end of things!

Thank you in advance for any thoughts you may have...


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I would do
Old 11-13-2009, 07:44 PM
 
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mime with them. I think they'd have a blast and it could be very funny.

You're probably not even checking this thread anymore. I didn't see it earlier because I don't come to this board often.
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Mime for shy kids' performance!
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Maryteach... thank you for a wonderful idea... we have been in the middle of speech competition practices (imagine that, with a high energy shy class!?!) so I have been out of the Proteacher loop lately, but am back now!!!

I'm trying to think of good examples of mime for them to see (online, we have an interactive whiteboard to use) that would give them an idea of 'how it works'... I think the especially shy ones would LOVE it!

Hope you pop on here soon again, but when you do, I thank you once again!
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