Well, today I did something that I haven’t done before. I was challenged by my students to take on a task that they see as very important…and that is to play Fortnite! I know that this game has been around and that it is an activity that students see as a release from the stress of school and their daily pressures. It also is a way for students to connect outside of school…and that’s where today’s adventure begins.
Today was the first day of drama club auditions and I am supervising a room full of 6th and 7th graders who are showing great dedication to this show already! While they are waiting for auditions students are playing various games on and off of their devices. Students who are playing Fortnite kept asking me if I have ever played the game and I told them that I haven’t…but that soon was going to change. A student handed me his phone and said “Here you go!” and I was on my way to playing Fortnite!
Well, I soon ended up falling from the sky…landing in some random place…jumping onto a plane and flying around…chopping down trees…and losing. Honestly though, it was a win. Students saw me differently. They saw me doing the Fortnite dances. They saw me taking on something that I haven’t ever done before. That’s the win! That’s where I come out ahead…students seeing teachers take risks…being silly…being real!
Fortnite isn’t for me…but it is a silly game that I enjoy putting myself out there to play! I may not be good at it, but I did have fun. I am looking forward to working with this group of students on this drama club production! Maybe we will have some Fortnite dances in our choreography!