*Choosing Sides* ran at Horace Mann Middle School on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday this week. We were so fortunate to get some great publicity from KTHV Channel 11 on Monday night. And, as luck would have it, this publicity resulted in heightened interest from Mann staff. I was thrilled that two counselors came to the show on Wednesday and want to meet with me next week to discuss follow-up activities. In spite of this positive response, I know that the show needs additional revisions, and I look forward to making those revisions before our May run at Mann for the rest of the 7th grade class.
One of the primary revisions I want to make includes increasing the number of active exercises. As stated in my previous *Choosing Sides* post, I played it really safe last year--relying almost entirely on the *Choosing Sides* booklet. In this run, I added some active work as seen above. The students were a little more unruly during this work, but I know that embodied learning strategies achieve better results because they more effectively engage emotions. Our active work attested to this fact.
I continue to think of how we can clarify the learning objectives. For the May run, I intend to rework the sequence of content covered and add a gender-specific component. Additionally, I'm going to add to our set, so that it actually evolves to reflect those learning objectives. I can't wait to test our revisions out in May.
About the Author: April Gentry-Sutterfield is a director, deviser, educator, and mom who uses theatre as a tool for social justice, education, and community engagement.