England won the race to be the first country outside the U.S. to have a Hero Workshop this summer. Kit was home and took the opportunity to visit Beecholme Primary School in Surrey. I asked him for a report and photos. He delivered.
Kit here, I have recently returned from England where I performed our first Hero Workshop presentation to a non-American audience. This certainly posed some questions for me. For instance, would the message translate well? Would the the English children be as engaged as American children? Would the teaching staff like the concepts presented? It turned out that the only minor issue was the use of American vocabulary in a few isolated areas, otherwise everything went beyond my expectations.
Zenia McIntosh was very enthusiastic about the inclusion of the Hero Workshop into her classroom and she observed the ‘lean in effect’, i.e. after the first few minutes the children leaned in closer and closer to hear more. This clearly answered a number of my initial questions. The students related to the concepts being presented and were inquisitive in the most positive of ways. This was very gratifying to see and fortunately my father Jim Bennett was on hand to capture some of the presentation through his camera.
My biggest concern was whether or not an English audience would relate to the concepts without finding them to cheesy or cliched, from an English perspective the Hero Workshop could of had this potential. I was thoroughly delighted when this wasn’t the case. English culture is not so hot on power films that inspire or the many rags to rich stories we see being told in the media today, hence my concerns. Zenia was very happy with the effect of the presentation on her class and saw how the real world examples and regular vocabulary helped the students understand what was being presented to them.