Since the 2012 UCC event is finally over, I am going to start featuring the videos on my blog. The first video featured in today’s post comes from my Sapling 2(A) class. It is the younger of my two Sapling 2 classes. The students are primarily 3-4th graders. There are a total of 9 students in this class. I let them form their own groups, write their own scripts, and gave them exactly 1 chance to impress me. The most impressive team will get to film their own UCC video complete with special effects courtesy of me. The boys formed a group. And so did the chatty girls. The remainder were two of the quietest and awkward girls in class. They really had no choice but to form a group. Since they were both really shy, none of them wanted to act as the robot.
During the 2nd day of the UCC, one of the girls (Charlotte) came to class with a cardboard robot. I was IMPRESSED. The reasoning was that none of them wanted to act as the robot. So they built one. How BAMF is that??? When they presented, they were the only group to speak clearly (because they are naturally good speakers) and take the project seriously. So I picked them as the winning group. Others may argue that they are kind of stoic and shy but… my reasoning was to give them a confidence boost while doing this project.
During the next 3 days, I filmed the UCC with them in front of the blue screen in class. There were many cuts and re-dos but they were very cooperative and became more natural each day. They were so cute about everything. We finished filming in 2 1/2 days and it took me a day or so to edit and put the video together. I could’ve picked the enthusiastic smart-assed boys, but I’m glad I stuck with Charlotte & Lucy. They’re hard workers and I hope that it will pay off in the competition.