Considerable excitement has been generated in anticipation of the High School musical performance of “Grease” next week. It will provide real entertainment for the audience and an opportunity for the actors and supporting students to put the results of their efforts in front of the public.
Many elementary students will perform recitals the following week and a student directed Fashion Show recently included students modeling their creations, narrating the show or performing in a rock band to add to the entertainment.
With seasonal musical programs, dramas or musicals, rock fest, talent shows, recitals, performances in the greater community, solo and ensemble programs and more, it is probably safe to say that every SIS student takes to the stage at least twice a year and a substantial number are always preparing for a next performance. These give parents and friends opportunities to enjoy seeing and hearing the children perform.
Equally important is the opportunity for students to learn in the context of preparing for a real performance. Common sense and our own experiences are confirmed by educational research which indicates that people learn more when they are more engaged in the activity of learning and that “real world” or authentic tasks are the most engaging. Preparing to perform for an audience makes a task authentic whether it is debating a point of view, sharing a project with parents, posting a podcast on the web, or singing and dancing in “Grease”.
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