Shooting Star’s English Presentations 2022

We’re Shooting for the Stars

It’s that time of year again where Shooting Star English holds its annual fall presentations. This year we decided to test out our limits, not only the students, but the teacher’s technology skills – we went wild and added a green screen and a mixer. OOOOOH, I hear you say!

Let’s get stuck into the process and let you know how it all went down.

Shooting Star English Presentations

What did the students do?

Shooting Star’s presentation poster for 2022

We felt like the format of last year went well; students choose a topic, brainstorm, edit, review, type – if they can – then practice, practice, practice. This year we focussed on four distinct areas:

  • Foundation: Show and Tell
    Students choose something from home and share with us.
  • Intermediate: Characters
    Students tell us about their favourite characters from stories that they’ve read.
  • Advanced: Demonstration
    Students demonstrate how to do something that they think is important.
  • Beyond: The Past
    Students choose an important topic about the past and bring us up to speed.

What did we do?

Now what did we do differently? This year we integrated different levels of technology into our repertoire. We decided to use a green screen (Chroma Key) which added a massive amount of challenge to our usual set up. From our first inception of presentations at Shooting Star, which included recording students on a cell phone in front of our white board, to now live streaming on green screens, we’re coming on leaps and bounds.

Our new setup

How we started.

The students started off with their concepts. We brainstormed our simple ideas and tried to bring life to them. We thought about expanding the ideas of our favourite characters, for example, and explained specific attributes about them, their personality traits, and whether or not these characters would be the type of person (or animal/insect) that we would be friends with.

Not all students started from the same point, however. We tried our best to give the students all the equal footing possible to help them share their ideas. Aside from the modelled writing, something that we would like the students to create, we differentiated the students’ presentations based upon their abilities, providing support at every step. From guided writing to those who were new to English, to allowing the students to share their ideas independently, without intervention.


Ready, set, practice.

You the reader probably already know that just speaking about either your favourite character or giving us a demonstration is only part of the battle. Being an engaging presenter is extremely important otherwise you will not keep the audience that you’re trying to capture. We took the important steps to provide students with the necessary skills that the likes of prominent presenters would be proud of.


Presentation Day

This year the presentations were held much the same as last year. We streamed on YouTube. Personally, I love to be able to play around with the technology. There was a load of things that I learned along the way that I’ll summarise later. The students were superb. They came with bells on. Their performances were spectacular. I couldn’t believe my eyes and ears. According to their parents, they had been up all weekend rehearsing. It was easy to see. Let’s take a look.

Foundation

This group was asked to think about their most valued possession at home for Show and Tell.

Jennie’s Presentation
Hoyeon’s Presentation

Intermediate

This group’s topic to introduce was their favourite character from a book that they had recently read.

John’s Presentation
Ryan’s Presentation
Yejun’s Presentation
Alex’s Presentation
Sungbin’s Presentation
Soyul’s Presentation
Brian’s Presentation
Siyoon’s Presentation
Hajin’s Presentation
Arha’s Presentation
Seojin’s Presentation

Advanced

Finally, this group of students were asked to demonstrate how to do something they thought was important. Thankfully, some students shared their presentations all the way from the UK.

Suzie’s Presentation
Lucy’s Presentation
Jamie’s Presentation
Ain’s Presentation

Jerry’s Final Thoughts

We watched too much Jerry Springer on Saturday night TV when I was young, can you tell?

    Anyways, back to the point. I had a blast with the presentations, and it looks like the students did, too. The reactions from the parents were all super positive and many of the YouTube streams are getting even more views than they did last year. From what I was told, parents were gathered around their smart TVs to watch the presentations. I’m thrilled to hear that level of enthusiasm, not only for the students, but also for the Shooting Star family.

    My question to myself is, will I do it again this way? Yes, resoundingly. But there were many steps I learned along the way technically, unfortunately many of them last minute. Some of them in the audio and lighting department where I have little to no experience. It was great to give this a try and show what we were capable of. We took all that we learned from last year, making sure we arranged enough time for practice and structure of the presentation practice; then threw more at it this year. I think the results speak for themselves.

    Thank you for reading and I hope to see you all again next year.


    Reading Responses for May

    “The world belongs to those who read.”

    I said we’d be back here next month and here we are. The students have been amazing and have some fantastic work that they’d like to share with you.

    Each week the I choose the student’s work that shows amazing effort or signs of significant progress compared to the previous weeks. I’m thrilled to be able to share the amazing work from all of the different ages and abilities, as well as a huge variety of genres and styles of books. The students just love to read!

    Due to the limitations of the website, and to save your eyes, some of the levels have been clipped. Feel free to tap or click on the image to see the student’s work.

    Foundation


    Intermediate


    Advanced


    See you back here next month for the hard work that the students create. Thanks for checking us out <3

    Book of the Month // June 2022

    “We all can dance when we find music that we love.”

    Giraffes Can’t Dance, Giles Andreae

    Phew, the weather’s starting to get hot, hot, HOT! Before it gets too hot outside I try to get some good habits in and practice some of my exercise routines, how about you?

    Typically, I like to cycle along the Han River with a few friends, or take my two little doggoes on brisk walks early in the morning.

    Bernie and Lucy

    Forming good exercise habits can be good for your body, but did you also know it’s good for your mind? Check out these books and learn about some of the fantastic knowledge that’s out there about the human body.


    Run! Jump! Play!


    By Mary Elizabeth Salzmann

    Forming healthy habits to become a healthy person is so important when you’re young. What healthy active habits do you have that keep you fit and strong?



    Being Fit


    By Valerie Bodden

    This is a great introduction to how exercise can help you stay healthy. What sort of exercise can you do to stay healthy?



    The Science of Super Strength & Super Speed


    By Mary Elizabeth Salzmann

    Hey you. Yep, I’m talking to you. You’re a super hero. There’s a hidden strength inside you that you don’t even know about. Read this book, it’ll help you unlock the hidden powers inside.



    Our Library Updates

    Once every couple of months we like to add more books to our ever expanding collection. We’re fortunate that the students love to borrow books from our library and I try to listen carefully to what they like to read. This month we added some greatly needed books to the library, most importantly, the Pokemon series. I sincerely hope the students enjoy the books.


    Wow! You’ve finished these books already? Well you’ve obviously got good taste. You can find more great books in our library, or at EPIC. Click the blue button below. See you next month.

    Shooting Star // May’s Projects

    You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So … get on your way!

    Dr. Seuss

    Welcome everyone, this is the first set of projects that the students at Shooting Star have completed since being at the new premises. I’m excited to be able to share the work that they’ve accomplished.

    I believe that projects, over testing, can be a great way to demonstrate more real-world ways of assessing students’ abilities. Tests can only show us so much, and often put undue pressure on students – or the opposite – students can memorise for specifics and not show their flair. Having a project really allows the students to show their unique, individuality, and provides expression. So, without further ado, here’s a tonne of amazing work created by some of the best workforce I’d recommend!!!

    Foundation

    Shapes and colors

    Intermediate

    Appearances

    Advanced

    Self introductions

    Chloe Kim

    Hello everyone.
    My name is “Se Jin Kim” but, my English name is “Chloe”. So, you can call me “Chloe”.
    I was born in 2008 in Korea. Now, I live in Jongro, Korea.
    I’m a student in Changdeok middle school. I study many subjects in school, and my academies. Especially, I’m especially good at math.
    In my free time, I like sleeping, baking, and making something. And, of course, I like to use my smart phone.
    I don’t have a special dream, but I want to make lot of money. And I hope to look smart. Thank you for listening.

    Olivia Byun

    Hello everyone. My name is Olivia. I was born in 2010 in Seoul, Korea.
    I like to study. So, I study hard. I often study math problems because it is difficult.
    In my free time, I enjoy reading Korean books. Reading books is very interesting. Sometimes, I read English books.
    I want to be a teacher. This job seems so nice and good. We can teach students. I want to do that very much.
    Thank you for listening to my speech.

    Henry Jeong

    I was born in 2008, in Seodaemungu, but now I’m living in Mapogu.
    I’m a student of second grade in middle school, I’m leaning Korean, math, English, music, etc. there.
    And I’m a badminton club member at school. The badminton teacher named my team “Han-Bae team”.
    I usually like to solve Ssen math workbook, but I think I prefer to watch Youtube more than that.
    My dream is changing these days, today’s dream to be a teacher. I guess it will change tomorrow, too.
    Thank you for listening to my presentation today.

    Kevin Shim

    Hello everyone! My name is Kevin. I was born in Seoul Jongro-gu on June 17th, 2010.
    My school is Dongrimmoon elementary school. My favorite subject is science. Because I like doing experiments.
    In my free time, I play game League of Legends, and I watch videos. I want to be Youtuber or Pro-gamer because I like make videos and play games.
    Thank you for attention!

    Suzie Park

    Hello! My name is Suzie. But sometimes people call me Suzie Chang!
    I was born in 2010 in Korea. I live in Korea, but when I was 3 to 7 years old, I lived in China.
    I study at Dongnimun elementary school. My favorite subjects are P.E. and art class. My best friends are Olivia and Luna!
    I like to draw and take some pictures. In my free time I draw pictures or do my homework. I like to go somewhere with my friends! And I like to wear some fancy clothes!
    My dream was to be a pianist, but now my dream is to draw some pictures, but not to be an artist. Because, I don’t like to be an artist. I like to draw. I will draw some pictures and take some videos.
    Thank you for listening!!

    Jamie Lee

    I was born on January 8th, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea.
    I’m a Dongnimmun elementary school student. And I’m in the 6th grade. At school, I’m good at art and P.E, but I hate math. Also, I manage the library of our classroom.
    In free time, I enjoy drawing pictures and reading stories. And I like to play some sports, too.
    Imagination is my life pattern. Every night, before I fall asleep, I let my mind wonder. My favorite writer is Roald Dahl. I love the book ‘Matilda’.
    I want to be an artist and a writer who moves people’s hearts.
    Now it’s time for me to finish. Thank you very much for listening, even if you fell asleep when I gave my speech.
    Anyway, thank you everyone!

    Lucy Kim

    My name is Lucy. I was born on June 8th, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea. I still live in Seoul.
    I am a Dongnimun elementary school student. I am in the sixth grade.
    I like and I am good at Korean. But I don`t like math. Math makes me interesting or boring.
    In my free time, I read books and drawing pictures. Also, I love to imagine and think! Think makes me sometimes relax, and happy, but sometimes sad mad. Imagine makes me curious and happy. I like these hobbies because I can feel many feelings. Also, I like to sleep, exercise and do puzzles.
    I want to be a great teacher or the best announcer. Or even, a great teacher. Last, I want to write books. I want to give hopes to children.
    Thank you for listening. I hope you enjoyed it!

    Ryan Kim

    My name is Ryan. I was born in 2010 in Seoul. I live in Gyeonghuigung Xi apartment.
    I live with my dad, my mom, and my sister. I learn in Kyodong elementary school.
    In my school, I’m good at math, but I’m not good at P.E.
    In my free time, I watch YouTube. I usually watch movie reviews. I like Marvel, Ghibli, and Disney movies. I also draw pictures in my free time.
    I don’t have many dreams, but sometimes I want to be a cartoonist or a lawyer.
    Thank for your attention.


    And that’s a wrap for all the projects for now. Come back in a couple of months when we’ve compiled a load more of the students’ work. I hope you have enjoyed what they’ve accomplished.

    Student’s Reading Responses

    “The world belongs to those who read.”

    For about 3 months students have been completing reading responses at a very regular and consistent pace and what they create is amazing. At the same time, as a teacher, I have been making recommendations to students for books to read each month based upon what I think are good books. But recently, something scary dawned upon me, I’m not a young boy any more. I need to do something better to help students choose books.

    I regularly share students’ work with students and parents to let them know how proud I am of them. Then it smacked me in the face, like a giant tree branch when you’re not paying attention walking down the street – the students are making all these amazing recommendations.

    I brushed off the leaves and I started scanning some of the work that the students had shared with me. and for the very first time, here is the work from April. Students who read books and put in a huge amount of effort to recommend the books that they read.

    Please enjoy them as much as I did, and, if the book suits your taste, check it out, either from our library, or from EPIC.

    See you again next month.
    Mr. Wallace <3