corner view ≈ improvising

i am 13 (again!), and we're in class. new teacher, plenty of new fellow students' faces. the teacher is a bit of an experimentalist, and the worst day of my life happens : we need to improvise, meaning, on the spot. well, yes, ofcourse on the spot. moreover a designated spot, at the top of the classroom, in front of the blackboard.
to make all matters worse, nobody wants to go first. teacher indicates.... moi. i sigh, i roll my eyes, i reluctantly sway from my desk, dawdling to the front, kicking the culprit spot. turning round, i whisper dramatically : 'i die'
well, die i did not. neither did i score. i did, however, on the spot, develop a deep aversion to all things improvised. 
anna helped us to this off-the-cuff theme, original corner view idea by jane, hosted by theresa.

28 comments :

  1. It's so lovely to be the first one 'to whisper'! such a privilege :)
    I like looking at old schoolbooks, mine or from my mom. She has some from the time when she studied ballet with her drawings and I must say I feel very touched when I look at them.

    Why don't you like improvising?
    I think sometimes it's very personal, I mean, it can reflect your subconscious very well. Two years ago we tried authomatical writing at school and I found out that's a very creative activity, I liked it then and still love to read what i wrote.

    Oh by the way, i almost forgot to tell you, I received you e-mail and I'm trying to think of an ingenious answer for you hahaha (despite all I guess I'm not good at improvising)
    Big kisses for you two

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  2. I can just see you doing that : ) I actually think that was quite a dramatic improvisation...

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  3. oh jeez (as we say over here when we feel like helpless teenagers)!!!!!

    bad enough to stand at the front of the room at that age, much less under those circumstances. yes. to improvise. but only voluntarily!

    congratulations!!!! sounds like you're almost "home"!

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  4. I am curious. What was the subject? If it was Physics, for example, it would have been particularly difficult. I suppose History wouldn't have been that easy, either.

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  5. I think you are a great improviser!! Or anyway your communications feel so spontaneous and improvised that you surpassed your barrier?!!! DOT, heart :))))

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  6. Reminds me of my improviseclasses at theatreschool (University) I really had to take a deep deep breath and once on the flow it's great (but i am not sure i still have to nerves ;-) )

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  7. I've never been a very good public speaker or person, even when I'm not improvising!

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  8. I think you did a wonderful way of improvising. I neither can get up in front of a group even if they all are my friends, much better on one and one. xo

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  9. I can understand you don't like to improvise... But, when procrastination is all your life (like mine ;)) it's just easier...

    Have a sweet day

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  10. I can feel what you where feeling, cause I've been there.
    no fun, and yes I did feel like I was going to die!!

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  11. It's one of my usual things in my studies to improvise...it's not that I like it but if you practise you'll get more comfortable in that. ;o)

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  12. Oh my ... that is an awful way of improvisation. I would hate that too :)

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  13. Oh you poor love. How school has tortured us all! I hate public performances!

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  14. A long time ago, before it was mainstream, I did improvisations on stage - not alone, with a team of course, but still. The first few times were nerv-wrecking, but then I decided that this was fun... and it was.

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  15. You scored with me! A worthy improvisation!!

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  16. Oh creepy teacher! I felt the fear as you whispered "I die" ... I would have too!

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  17. Oh dear! Forced public improv in front of teenagers? I feel your pain. And your irony here.

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  19. The best was when my high school math teacher would call on us to solve complicated math problems in front of the entire class by writing on the chalkboard...I would pray she didn't call on me, I never really was on top of my math! At least it was Catholic school and I was praying!!!

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  20. a most brilliant post ! i loved it and so know the feeling !!

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  21. improvising at any age is not easy. but i think that you did wonderfull at age 13!!

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  22. I know the feeling. Never liked speaking in public. Improvising is even worse..

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  23. love your post!!!
    that kind of improv is so hard, but you did it!!
    thanks for sharing this story!!

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  24. No one should ever ask a 13 year old to improvise in front of the class :) But look, you've made something beautiful of the terrifying moment!

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  25. I can just see you....where the hard stuff!
    You sweetie always make me smile, are you in yet buttercup?

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