But a teacher at one
It's a new concept being developed by
And, boy, has it done that, Ms. Moore said.
"My vision for education is very different," she said. "I just feel like we need to get away from trying to drag 30 kids through education programs. You can provide a really enriching basis for what they are learning, and I think it's more practical when you compare it to real life. After all, how many jobs do you sit around and take tests all day? They are learning above all to participate in life activities."
Called "Midnight Radio Jr." and inspired by Civil War history, which the students were studying, the production included a mock radio broadcast similar to those from the 1930s and '40s.
Each of the five social studies classes in the eighth grade, totaling 98 students, performed a skit for their seventh- and eighth-grade classmates last month. They also developed commercials based on products and inventions from the Industrial Revolution, such as the sewing machine and telegraph.
One of the skits focused on
A reporter interviews
The students began writing scripts and rehearsing in February under the tutelage of teaching artists brought in by Bricolage, including a songwriter, a playwright and a foley, or sound effects, artist.
Ms. Moore said students were mesmerized by musician
"They just couldn't believe someone could do this," she said.
Last month's performance wasn't Bricolage's first foray into the school. Last year, the company piloted the "Midnight Radio Jr." production at the school after Bricolage was awarded a
It was inspired by the company's flagship "Midnight Radio" production, which is geared more for adults, with mature, more progressive themes.
"We wanted to do something for kids,"
This year, in the second season of the pilot program, Bricolage received
Students in language arts classes joined the social studies students this year in writing the program, while gifted students built the sound props and seniors at
The company plans to expand the program by offering a four-day summer academy in July for teachers to learn details of the program and hopefully bring it to some rural schools.
"The last thing we are interested in is to go somewhere and force our thing on teachers who are already overworked. We really need the buy-in from teachers and the administration," said
Ms. Moore said the program was more than just a history lesson for her students.
"Some of these kids have nowhere to go and nothing to look forward to," she said. "When they can get involved in something like this, it kinda gives them another outlet. It's something to look forward to."
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