Yes, you read that right. I am suggesting you encourage your school's quiet, studious artists to perform in the annual school-wide talent show.
You probably think I'm crazy.
Any students reading this post are probably ready to hunt me down with pitchforks.
Seriously though, while I do suggest YOU, teacher, jump out of our box and join your kids on the stage, I have a better idea for your introverted or shy, but creative students.
What would it look like if your photographers and artists illustrated their favorite song, recorded it along with their illustrations and played the video for the talent show?
What if your artists illustrated the stories written by your poets and short story writers?
What if your writers teamed up with student actors, artists and videographers to tell their stories on screen?
It could look something like what one of my students did:
And here is an example featuring artwork drawn by the band's drummer:
What ideas do your students have?
I am a secondary English Language Arts teacher, a University of Oklahoma student working on my Master's of Education in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum with an concentration in English Education, and a NBPTS candidate. I am constantly seeking ways to amplify my students' voices and choices.