Spirit of Uganda
As mentioned a couple of days ago, the students at Wiley had the opportunity to have the performers from The Spirit of Uganda, via Empower African Children, visit our building and share music and dance. Then this morning, those in the intermediate grades (third, fourth, and fifth) went to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Urbana to watch the KCPA Youth Series edition of the show. (The full performance will be on Friday evening and is open to the public for a fairly reasonable ticket price, incidentally.)
Our students were amazing! They were respectful, attentive, and very responsive to the show. Unfortunately, there were students from another school who were none of the above. When the male performers came onto the stage wearing shorts but no shirts, there was a chorus of catcalls and whistles and all manner of inappropriate commentary.
Fortunately, those were not my students. I was so pleased to see my students, and those of my colleagues, genuinely watching, listening, and enjoying this exposure to a culture that is so very different from their own. It was really great for them to have a special preview yesterday, too. The performers, all of them students between the ages of 12 and 21, I believe, were so generous with their visit to our school to share during an assembly. Students in kindergarten, first, and second grade were able to share with the Ugandan students, singing some of the songs they learned for our MLK celebration. After the assembly, three of the performers came to my classroom and spent about 45 minutes with my class, sharing about life in Uganda and learning about life in Urbana.
After the field trip to Krannert this afternoon, we had lunch and then wrapped up our day with some preferred activities for the students in the room. Or, rather, we wrapped up my students’ day. My day continued for five more hours with parent-teacher conferences all evening! No school tomorrow for the students! Work for me, though, with a busy morning of conferences and then an afternoon of grading papers! But first: sleep!
This entry was posted on February 9, 2012 by Alex T. Valencic. It was filed under Fourth Grade and was tagged with Field Trips, Fourth Grade, Personal Reflection, Philosophy, Social Studies, Teachers' Secrets.