When I first started 20Time last year, I wanted my students to share out with the community what they had worked so hard to complete, so I worked with one of my students to create a showcase night in our Performing Arts Education Center.
I wanted the evening to feel like an art gallery opening, so I created a playlist on Amazon with songs by Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Dean Martin, Billie Holiday, etc. I used black tablecloths and created name tags for students with official descriptions like "author", "clothing designer", "chef", and "cartoonist". Students and I dressed up for the evening, and the Showcase really did have an elegant feeling.
I set up physical creations like food, computer games, photo books, and artwork in the lobby. The setup (not unlike a Science Fair) required students to interact with others to explain their projects and share what they had learned. The second half of the evening was in the main stage theatre, and students presented on stage with TED talk-style presentations to share creations like music, computer programs, and photographs.
We continued the Showcase tradition last night, and it was a huge success! This year, I wanted the lobby to feel even more elegant, so I draped white twinkle lights on the tables to create a warm ambiance, and I also had ushers serve water and appetizers on trays. It was certainly a night to remember! Not only did more students and parents show up, but also three fellow English teachers, our principal, and our vice principal attended. I'm so excited that the event is growing and that my students get to show off their amazing projects.
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