Brentwood MAXimizes Collaboration and Creativity
The classic Maurice Sendak tale, “Where the Wild Things Are” was brought to life at Brentwood Elementary School. 3rd and 4th grade students performed a play during the day for their classmates and again for their families in an evening performance.
The interpretation of the story was entirely student driven, with assistance from Fine Arts Teacher, Rebecca Robins. Students collaborated on a peer to peer and class to class level for the project. The set design, music, choreography, and story ideas all came from the students’ collective imagination.
“We are preparing our students for jobs that don’t yet exist. We need to prepare them to be flexible and to really reach outside their comfort zone and try new things. We used ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ as a way to kind of go down that path,” Ms. Robins said. “What I wanted them to be able to do was use all the tools they could think of- paper and pencil, their tablets, their Chromebooks – and dive into creating something brand new, completely student driven.”