This morning all of JU and MS watched a video by spoken word poet Royce Mann. A video of him made the rounds last year; he performed at the People of Color Conference in December (that Laura attended). This video is of his speech on MLK Day at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Students were impressed with his abilities, as well as his age (he’s 15). We then had a good discussion about what “rise up” means, and strategies for being an upstander rather than a bystander. Here’s the link to the video:
Our intensive work on the musical with HMS has begun! On Monday afternoon, Andrea (director and writer of the musical) and Mary (movement director for our work with HMS) were here to “audition” our students for certain roles. We were impressed with the energy and enthusiasm the students brought to the rehearsal -- it was a difficult decision for Andrea and Mary to choose parts! We know some students were disappointed, but an effort is being made to give all students who wanted a role some larger part to play in the production, even if it wasn’t the role they were hoping for. We also noticed this week that students were much more comfortable with their partners, and while there are individual differences in that comfort level, overall they’re connecting well.
A heads-up about the work you’ll see during Thursday’s Chinese New Year celebration… We have been working on two main projects for some time, the Tao Te Ching project and the China research project. All students will likely have finished one of these completely; many students will still be finishing up one of them by Thursday. Feel free to ask questions as students tell you about what they learned and how they’re presenting it. The “final” presentations will be to each other in the next few weeks.
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday if you can make it. Have a great weekend!
Laura and David