The following reflection by Dan Garvey is part of a series of blog posts written by THINK Global School faculty members to showcase their thoughts and experiences from a recent weXplore trip to Washington D.C. To view the entire conversation, visit us on Spot.
DC was a trip with a multitude of learning experiences. Political discussions, worldly viewpoints, historical monuments, and student-led city navigation. I am assuming that most will be discussing this in full as we return from the capital city.
Our students were asked to reflect about what they saw and whom they spoke to during this trip. They digested heavy topics such as The Holocaust, racism, the conflict in the Middle East, and issues within current political systems. I am glad that they were exposed to these topics, rose to a mature intellectual level and presented themselves as well-spoken educated young adults. But to me there was a very important moment during the trip that I feel cannot be overlooked as a valuable aspect for any educational framework.
Shear Madness, which is a hilarious play, was written and designed to incorporate the audience as they stimulated their minds trying to figure out who killed the women upstairs. The play involved each of us shouting out details and ideas to help the officers break down the events and catch the murderer. Above all, we all laughed, giggled, and smiled with each other for 2 hours as the hilarious cast rolled through joke after joke.
So for me, the laughter and opportunity for our students to act their age was very important to me as a teacher. Too often we catch ourselves up in the seriousness of life and overlook the importance of laughter. I appreciate the opportunity to act as an “adult”, but we can never forget that even as adults we have to smile whenever we get a chance.
Shear Madness being performed Off-Broadway: