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BE OUT OF EXCUSES, ‘BE’CAUSE…

Kid Yoda Purple

 

 

Student: I didn’t do my acting homework because….

Top Ten:

10. You only told the whole class to do the homework, you didn’t personally tell me, so I thought I didn’t have to.

9. I couldn’t remember what the homework was even though you had me write it down.

8. I don’t want to get bored of acting.

7. It caused me to get upset that I would have to do stuff at home and then I think wanting to become an actor will be ruined for me. Do you want to ruin my passion for acting?

6. My Mom said I needed to just visualize doing my homework.

5. I have to prioritize my homework at school. (Me: You were on Spring Break though.  Student: My Mom told you that didn’t she? She is so rude.)

4. I’m used to failure.

3. I needed some down time this week.

2. I was at my Grandparents. (Me: The entire week? Student: Well, no. Just the portion of the time that I remembered to do my homework.)

1. I really like you as a teacher and if I do my homework you won’t have anything  to teach anymore and then you might lose your job. I don’t want that to happen to you. Do you?

Kid Yoda: The cause of the because doesn’t matter.

Class is for classwork. Home is for homework. Don’t confuse the two.

Be out of excuses. Be out of be-causes. Be-come good at seeing that you are missing a chance to learn.

 

Kid Yoda Quote to Ponder – Imagination

I often sit and daydream. I got in a lot of trouble for it in grade school, middle school, high school, college…yet that exact skill set makes me the ideal acting teacher. I teach my students that sometimes their imagination must ‘fill in the blanks’ from everything to what they are seeing in front of them (not a casting director or camera or set) to sometimes when there are not enough facts for the scene, then they must use their imagination to answer what they are feeling in character, thinking in character and believing is happening to their character. The imagination fills in all those answers.

Your imagination is like a really great test taker if you ask me. You got a question about your scene, ask your imagination to give you an answer.

“Your imagination sees things much differently.”

Taking time to ask your imagination these questions is called ‘daydreaming’.

I have a 4.0 in daydreaming.

Lesson – #103 “New Path” P&K

Parent & Kid Friendly.

Problem: Three young siblings just can’t calm down or focus to work on their scenes.

Worse Problem: They really are struggling to calm down and focus enough to work on 
their scenes.
Worse Worse Problem: I have got to come up with a solution.
 
Thought: Tell them something you would tell yourself.
 
So I say: “Repeat after me”  and then I say:
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
 
SILENCE.
 
The six eyes stare at me, quite calm and focused.  Almost relieved themselves to be in a sort of trance of relaxation.
 
Thought: That worked great.
 
LITTLE GIRL #1: Wow. Is this what it’s like to be relaxed?
GAYLA: Yes.
LITTLE BOY #1: I like it, I think.
LITTLE GIRL #2: So I can focus?
GAYLA: Yes. Looks like it.
LITTLE GIRL #2: Don’t tell our Mom.
GAYLA: Why?
LITTLE BOY #1: She might want us to do this at home.

MORAL: When you discover a new path, careful you must be. For the new path may look back at you and tell you to lie to their parents.

Lesson #102 “Is the self-esteemed?”

P&K (parent and kid friendly)

Is the Self Esteemed?

Conversation:

KID: Gayla, am I doing a good job on this scene?

GAYLA: Well, what do you think?

KID: I want to know what you think.

GAYLA: Why? Is what I think more important than what you think?

KID: Yes. Because you know if I’m good or not.

GAYLA: Don’t you know if you are good or not?

KID: Sometimes.

GAYLA: Why not all the time?

KID: Sometimes I like to hear if from you before I believe it.

GAYLA: But you have to have enough self-esteem to know it yourself as well.

KID: Can’t you just give me some of your self-esteem?

GAYLA: No that would be called Gayla-esteem. Self-esteem has to come from you. You are the “self” in self-esteem.

KID: I never thought about it that way before.

GAYLA: That’s okay. You did right now.

KID: I have to believe in myself; that’s how I get self-esteem?

GAYLA: Yep.

KID: It’s sounds so easy that way.

GAYLA: It might be that easy.

KID: Okay. I’ll try it.

 

ONE WEEK LATER.

 

KID: Hi Gayla!

GAYLA: How are you today?

KID: Just great!

GAYLA: Great? Wow. What happened this week that was so great?

KID: I decided to believe in myself.

GAYLA: That’s wonderful.  How did you do that?

KID: Well, you told me too.

 

MORAL: If no self-esteem you have, yet searching you are…a teacher you may listen to.

 

Lesson #101 P&K “Lessons learned by teacher…”

(P&K) (Parents and Kids)
LESSONS LEARNED BY TEACHER
“The duck quacked twice and flitted her feathers yet acting responsibly for a duck.”
 
I’m sitting here practicing this phrase over and over again. I want to teach it to my kids tomorrow. Use it as an example of crazy dialogue that they might expect to get if theygo out on an audition for the Disney Channel or a new Nickelodeon show.
Problem: I can’t seem to say it right. I wrote it. I even spelled it right. But for whatever reason I can’t quit enunciate the k on the  word quacked. It’s just a k. I say k’s all the time. Kite. Kind.Killer. Kind Killer. That’s odd. Katsup. No. That’s with a C. How about the brand Ketchup. I’m on a role. Kangaroo. But truthfully I don’t say kangaroo often. I could if I worked at a zoo. Ah ha!!  Worked. That had a k. So does ask, mask, task. I’ll try rhyming words. Pack. Track. Smack. Whack. Okay, now I’m stretching. Flack. Flick. Pick. Poke. So I can say the k. So what is it? Even duck has a k and I can say that.
Maybe it’s the ‘ed’. I mean the more I stare at it the weirder it looks. Right? Is it Ed. That’s a guys name. Should it sound like ‘ud’. Like udder. No. That’s utter.  Never mind. Back to ‘ud’. How about if I sound it out like ‘ehd’ ‘Quuaaaaccccckkkk – ehd’’.
 
Solution: Type it up and show it to my students, have them pronounce it and correct them if they are wrong. Then I don’t have to do it. Ah. Relief.
Problem: I’m from the mid-west. My DNA strand will unravel if I ask someone to do something that I can’t already do myself.
Can you wash my car?
Can you pack my groceries?
Can you just put the toilet seat down?
Solution: If I was my own student I would tell me to slow it down. ‘The duck quack-ed twice….” Oh. Yeah. Got it. Nailed it. I’m ready to teach my students tomorrow.
Problem: Do students know how much time teachers put into teaching them?
Solution: It doesn’t matter. I love teaching no matter if they even know how much time I spend
making sure they learn.
 Moral: Lesson learned by teacher before learned by student