You have read my series of posts, Behind the Scenes, and now our movie is ready to be published. Because we had submitted the movie to the San Diego County Office of Education’s Innovative Videos in Education (iVIE) Awards, we had to wait until the judging was complete before posting it. We are so excited to announce that our movie was nominated for an award! Just last Thursday we held a red carpet movie premiere night comparable to a Hollywood premiere. Click "read more" to view our class movie and learn more about our magical movie premiere.
Picture the Scene
Five- and 6-year-olds dressed up, wearing corsages, excited about presenting their movie. Screams erupt when I tell them they are taking a limo to the MPR instead of walking. They walk outside to see a stretch Hummer in front of them. Lights flash and people all over cheer as one by one they strut down the red carpet in front of the movie banner.
This doesn’t sound like a typical kindergarten performance, does it? It sounds more like a Hollywood movie premiere, and that’s exactly what it's like.
Because my students worked so hard on making this movie, I wanted to make the premiere a special event. I decided to host a red carpet event just like one I did a few years ago. The parents were instrumental in pulling this exciting event off for their children. The children planned the presentation, which showed the utmost professionalism, unexpected from 5- and 6-year-olds. In the presentation, the students explained and demonstrated the filming techniques they used and reflected on the learning they acquired and the process of creating the movie. There was not a soul in the room that couldn’t tell the amount of learning that had taken place during this project.
Without further ado, we give you The Kindergarten Tree:
It has been four years since I first put the camera into my students’ hands and started creating student movies. With that bold move, I grew as a teacher. I learned from my students that little children can be the most creative, responsible, professional, and intelligent little beings. With that move, I allowed my students to walk the learning journey with me, side by side. If you just give them the chance and make it meaningful for them, children will step up and exceed your expectations. Every year and every day I am amazed and proud, but not surprised, at what they can do.
When putting on student performances, no matter how big or small, always involve the students. They should be a part of planning and writing the presentation. Giving students the opportunity to be a part of the planning will open up many more learning opportunities. For our movie premiere, the students were responsible for writing three papers each. They needed to write their introduction for their walk down the red carpet, their award acceptance speech, and a piece about one part of the process of creating our movie. The students had to work on sequencing to make sure the performance order made sense and on their fluency when reading their parts. The learning goes on and on.
We hope you have enjoyed our movie, and we would love to hear your comments. Please also take a few minutes to watch all of the other amazing student-created films submitted to the San Diego County iVIE Awards.