It starts with the whole school playing frozen tag when Oh Canada broadcasts over the intercom. The arts day presenters get introduced in the theatre room by an enthusiastic drama student. Then I head for the conference room and present, over the course of the day, to four grade 9 and 10 students, some gifted, some improv, some so bored with life that eyerolling is their only exercise. They can pretend they don’t like it but I know they did. “You can’t say you don’t know, there are no wrong or right answers,” I tell them. “You should say instead ‘I need a moment to consider your question'” . In my mind I figure I’ve given them at least one lifeskill to use in the all important job interview.
It’s amazing how alive some of their words can become with some coaching. The last group became way more willing to share their work once the cool kid decided he would read his romantic poem aloud in order to win a juice box. The Juice Box Writing Competition was on.