I had the opportunity this week to step away from teaching a field group and be a visiting artist teaching ecosystems through drama. This experience is not exactly as I expected. I worked and reworked my lesson plan, got in front of the kids and things began to change. Cut things, some games worked better than others, re-work and then improvised. Out of all my tweaks today the improvising was by far the most successful and encompassing of the spirit of my lesson. It really reaffirms that I work well on my toes with a few minutes of think time and then perfect upon reflection. I was waiting for a group that was running behind and I was thinking about how I could combine both games into once activity in order to cut time and decided to jump in head first with some SERIOUS novelty. There was not much time to let the instructors know (Which I changed for tomorrow) but I hid behind a tree and when the group came into the field I poked my head out, got their attention and ushered them over to the trees. I was in character as a renegade mouse leader and all us mice had to safely exit out of the field because an owl was watching. We sneaked in and out of bushes and into the wildzone where I interrogated them to find out their names and make sure they were not owl spies. The kids were hooked. Next time I am going to extend the experience, try to share the leadership with the kids and build in a problem that they can help me find a solution for. This will hopefully help them build their own stories through modeling. This technique is definitely something I can implement with my students.