From time to time, I will post some of my students' reflections--in writing or during discussions--about the value of using improv in the classroom. I will always use pseudonyms.
I find their words to be grounding and inspiring; it's remarkable to see how profound these children can be when given the chance.
These are two excerpts from students' letters of appreciation for a workshop and free professional show presented by BATS Improv in San Francisco.
They were written in February, 2010.
In Dana's Words, a seventh-grade student
"...Improv is important because you learn that failure isn't so horrible. You learn to Yes, and..., to acknowledge people, and go for it! You learn to trust, and Commit! If you commit to yourself, and to our partners, and to your career, you (can) do anything! Commit to what you say, even if it makes you feel like an idiot. Then it'll be even easier to learn from failure and move on. It's like a circle!"
In Mary's Words, and eighth-grade student
"...I think that without improv., I would be really very quiet and unhappy, but instead I'm social now, and really happy. My life today would be near impossible without improv."
Wow. All I can say is...wow. So many teaching days feel overwhelming; it really is an almost impossible job. But our students can give us the strength and inspiration we need to be able to open doors for them. Let's give them those opportunities.