On Wednesday night it rained all the way up and back to Dover Middle School and I figure that I spent almost 3 hours in my car and if I had to do it again, yes, I would! What a night!
I arrived early and as I selected a parking spot right across from the building, I could see through the rain drops that Lorraine with her classroom lit and preparing for her Big Digital Storytelling Show. As I gathered up my camera equipment to document the event , I waved, caught her eye and she stopped to meet me at the side door as I raced for shelter.
Inside, the room was in party mode: balloons, refreshments, chairs in rows facing the screen that would soon fill with the digital stories created by her first period class. Ironically, she was feeling more optimistic about the turnout because the rain had washed out many of the scheduled sporting events, freeing up students and their families to attend our Big Show.
We had a small window of breathing time to sit together and get Lorraine talking for the camera, reflecting on where we had come since we had started working together in this medium. During this second go round she had come into her own and while I enjoyed supporting and assisting, she was comfortable and confident in the process.
The girl group above arrived all dolled up, with energy to share. They took charge of the refreshments, welcoming family arriving early and they were more than willing to share their reflections on the project as well.
Love that 6th grade vibe.
Soon the room was filled with kids, parents and grandparents and after short introductions from Lorraine and from me we were off. Story after story brought waves of applause and pause and sniffles.
I stood with Lorraine in the darkness, enjoying each piece, remembering the process of the pieces I had worked on.
It was one of those rich moments that the audience in this room would not forget. It’s just another reason to be ready to fight the movement to assess the work of the classroom with a test. What happens to this authentic work?
Bravo Lorraine, keep up the fight!