You know, that’s when you assign human qualities to animals or inanimate objects. Of course, you should never anthropomorphize computers because THEY really HATE it when we do that to THEM. Yeah, I get that same groan when I crack that joke in person. But this can really be a fun way for students to tell stories. Think of the gnome in the travel commercials or the gekko selling insurance. And if that’s too much of a stretch for you, consider a fifth grade art class in my home town.
I had to go to Schaumburg’s Screen Test Student Fest a couple of suburbs over last winter to meet those neighborhood art students myself. “Young Sloppy Brush” beat out a number of videos by high school students to take the grand prize. And their notoriety hasn’t stopped yet. Last night the video was shown at the The Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. At the end of November, he will be getting his passport stamped and appear at the Kids for Kids Festival in Naples, Italy.
What thing could your students anthropomorphize that would breath some life into what they are learning?