Tuesday, January 27, 2009 was my last day at Strehle Elementary for my Tangram Tales residency. It was the big performance day where the upper grades performed Tangram Tales for the lower grades. The 3rd graders performed for the pre-K students, the 5th graders performed for kindergarten and the 4th graders performed for 1st and 2nd grades. Students had parts as storytellers, Tangram artists, and chorus members.
The third graders did a fantastic job. I had to substitutute for missing students. It was fun to see the reaction of the younger students watch the upper grades perform.
I really enjoyed seeing the students put in their best efforts and work as a team. Ms. Guidry’s 3rd grade class rocked the room with their “Feel the Story Beat” chorus in “Tiger’s Tale, Anansi’s Stories.”
After 3rd grade, the 5th graders performed. For the most part, they were prepared and I loved watching the audience rock out to their stories.
A student in the audience came up to me afterwards and said, “Ms. Dianne, your 5th graders were really good!” Boy, did that make me feel great! Great job, 5th graders!
Then it was time for me to take a break. My 4th graders were not performing until late afternoon so I had the advantage of a long lunch. Around 12pm, the Edible Arrangement I ordered for the teachers and staff of Strehle Elementary was delivered. It was gorgeous and a big hit with everyone!
After lunch, I headed back into the cafeteria to direct the last of the performances. 4th grade performed, and much to my delight and surprise, did a great job, even after all the challenges we faced in with them in the classroom. Ms. Johnson’s class was great, shocking all of us. They definitely get the prize for “Most Improved!”
Ms. Creecy’s 4th grade class had everyone dancing to their story chorus in “The Stoncutter,” a tale from Japan.
I loved seeing the students reach their creative potential. It was so much fun to see them work together to create a cohesive performance piece. I received a lot of gratitude from the teachers and the students gave me so much love while I was at Strehle. One student already emailed me and said, “I love your Tangram Tales and I miss you already, Ms. Dianne!” This school has such a special place in my heart.
Thank you Strehle Elementary for being such a wonderful school. I definitely feel like family when I am there. You all rock! Hugs! I’ll send you a postcard from NYC!
Until next time…