Shadows Rock 2014!

Target 1 – Student-Centered Learning. FWSU students will engage in personalize learning involving collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creative learning opportunities.

Action Step – Highlight, create and model innovative learning opportunities that promote collaborative inquiry, problem solving and creativity for students and staff.

Indicator of Success – Students and staff will apply existing knowledge to create original works as a means of personal or group expression.

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GEMS Grade 3-4 students recently experimented with shadow puppetry – a groundbreaking puppetry form. The performance explored student’s knowledge of Vermont history in 4th Grade and Life Cycles in 3rd Grade.

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Through the use of handheld lights and student-created shadow puppets, the performers presented stories with music and lights.

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Sharing their understanding of storyboards through the use of pictures and without using words, children moved images, displayed lights, and performed a fun-filled, educational blend of lights and cut-outs to entertain their peers (other first-fourth grade students).




Puppetry artist and Georgia Alumni, Sarah Frechette, along with Jason Thibodeaux worked with students to creatively design and plan their performances. You can view their website at


“The creativity of these 8-10 year olds is truly remarkable!” – Sarah Frechette

View the show at

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