"It’s all about the children"
Three observations in one week… #challengecompleted #studentteaching #howdoireachthesekids #musiced #band
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”
when you’re too full but the food is so good you just keep eating it
My two-year-old teaching philosophy reads: “My lessons will be student-centered in a way that students will not only learn the content that’s presented, but also realize the concept of learning itself so that they may gain intrinsic evaluations about how they go through their education.” I know what you’re thinking: bleh this is boring… In short, I want my students to learn how to learn.
With a few steps closer to the real world, I’ve grown to know that it was ridiculous to come up with a teaching philosophy without having had any classroom experience. “Your lessons are solid, but you need to give them more direction and drill what they really can’t do to be more efficient”, my supervisor echoes. I didn’t think about this concept until today. How can I expect students to actively learn without me leading them? In an instrumental group lesson, a goal could be as simple as playing eighth-notes correctly. Then it hit me: I can direct the way students go about learning a concept. At first it sounds insignificant, but young minds can absorb every little thing I say or do. What insane pressure and responsibility this is! Who’s idea was it to hand an average person like me the power to modify people’s lives day by day? Suddenly my philosophy is just an early draft of foolishly fragmented thoughts.
I now need to place my focus on this question: What exactly do I want students to learn through music? When you’re a rookie teacher, it’s easy to say that what you’re doing is for the children. No. It’s all about you and your ambitions to learn how to change the world. I want to make a difference, and I know that if I can inspire one soul to do so, every sweat I break would be worth it. I’m in search for a mission to serve humanity, to share love in the form of music, to spark fires that spread and infect artistic passion. I want to direct people to a place where they can be expressive enough to create something beautiful, whatever they perceive as such. Where exactly we’re going and how we’re getting there, I sure hope to find out when I’m truly experienced. No need to rush.