Day 182 (of 183) talent shows – the good the bad the ugly

Day 182 (of 183) talent shows – the good the bad the ugly

The good: students showing skills that may not otherwise be seen by the school community. Too often kids learn and do so much that can’t be seen and acknowledged. Eportfolios and talent shows definitely help show that learning is 24/7 and the brick and mortar building may be a hub for learning but not the only silo for instruction. 

The bad: when acts don’t go ‘as dreamed’ – magic tricks not quite magical….drum duets a tad ‘off’ – but really part of the charm – having students be brace and perform in front of 200. But when schools embrace risk-taking, learning is messy. It’s rarely perfect. There are productions that are meant to be pretty smooth (plays, music productions etc) but those are different. I like it when kids take chances – sometimes just getting in front of a crowd is enough of an accomplishment (in spite of the cringes of the parents – been there as part of full disclosure)!

The ugly: my favourite part: everyone gets a chance in our show – like Americas Got Talent – 90 seconds to show what you want. Limited rehearsals. Often changes in groups/acts/songs…..and I love it! An ongoing work in progress. 

Sure the assembly could’ve been more ‘polished’. I could’ve done seating a bit better. But I gotta say – there are some talented dancers, gymnasts, and magicians (when a grade oner owns a room…..something special there) along with singers musicians and more. Looking forward to keeping track of what they are up to in future years because when students get to show their talents, whether, good bad or ugly; it’s all fabulous!

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About technolandy

Principal of Sorrento Elementary Educator pushing 'technologization' in education: blending technology and curriculum seamlessly. Advocate for better understanding of Anxiety in Education (and use of self-regulation) Piloting ePortfolios
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