Well it’s the beginning of my Music Launch internship and I’m curious to see how things with develop over the next semester as I get to know the kids better and they become more comfortable with me. This week was a tough week as it was a new setting and a new dynamic for everyone.
Coming into the classroom we needed to get accustomed with the vibe of the room immediately. The kids introduced themselves to us and we to them.
It’s always hard to gain the trust of students in a brand new setting. The kids wanted to check us out to know that we were teaching the right material, but they were also were shy and didn’t want to be singled out at any point. This made for an interesting classroom dynamic.
Yen and I struggled having 7 or 8 kids of different ages, varying from 4 years old right up to 8 or 9 years old. The age gap was too much and put restraints on the type of things we could teach and how effective we could be at communicating. In the end, we divided it up and Yen taught one thing while I assisted with the younger children, then we switched places.
Yen has a real gift of coming along side kids who don’t quite know what they are doing and nurturing them into learning a new the concept.
It was difficult to hold the concentration of the class due to their age differences, but also because some of the kids were related to one another (brothers and sisters) and they all knew each other previous to the class beginning, This meant that Yen and I had to define some strong boundaries and parameters for the kids to operate in. I tend to frame the boundaries in “releasing statements” like: “You can hold the bell sets this way” and “It would be great if we didn’t talk now.” The positive statements help create a happy vibe in the room, whilst giving the students the comfort of well defined expectations and objectives.
All in all that was a tough week and I think in future we should divide the kids up and get possibly two different groups going. It will be interesting to watch how this thing develops.