Finally, this semester is end. Unlike previous 4 semesters as a teaching assistant, I felt a lot of accomplishment in this semester. What is the difference between previous 2 years and this semester? In my thought, I find an appropriate way and start to apply this way in my educational life as a student and a teacher. In the beginning of this semester I had several goals in my teaching like below.
In this semester, I have some specific goals I’d like to achieve during MIE Guided Internship. The first one is making a special packet for students including general techniques and various works which are reflected my students’ individual taste. Next goal is using technology such as recorder during several lessons and studio classes. Final is letting student doing studio mates’ assessment during two studio classes and the final concert in this semester.
About my first goal, I have been encouraged by my students. One student said that “Other students don’t have this packet. When I see other students who are bringing this packet, I can assume that ‘they’re also in same piano class!’ I will feel accomplishment after learning and completing works in this packet!” From this opinion, I cannot stop to research sources for my next semester and my upcoming students. Through making a packet, I recognized that an instructor and students can help and encourage each other.
Honestly, I didn’t make it second goal which was using technology such as recorder during several lessons. However, I and one of my students use recorder to assist her individual works. Depending on each student taste, some students had practiced their individual works more than 4 weeks, but there were also some students who needed more time individual works which met their taste and my goal simultaneously. In the latter case of students, they have only 2~3 weeks, actually 2~3 lessons (1and half hour) to learn and get familiar with the pieces. To help these student, I did played and recorded their pieces in order to encourage their various practice ways. Using this, they can listen to the music while they are studying other subjects and their mind and ears already get used to the melody line before their next practice sessions or lesson.
Lastly, I did my last goal which was letting student doing student mate’s assessment. Actually, I developed this goal from classmates’ assessment to self-assessment with classmates’ one. In this semester, I did 3 studio classes due to students’ schedules and their final concert dates. Using this assessment, they dealt with their studio class much more seriously than I did it without this kind of assessment in the past. After collecting their reactions for themselves and classmates, I made final score with detailed comments from me and classmates on their final concert works. Then, I will send them through email during this final period. Through this procedure, I can expect that both I and my students can be motivated each other in field of teaching and learning experience. It was really nice semester for me as a student and a teacher. Thank you!!
A dreaming little teacher (2011)
One… no I can’t do it!
A dark and hard blackboard sneer at me
One, two… isn’t it possible?
A snow white chalk is staring me in the face.
One, two, three… everything will be fine, isn’t it?
Bright sunshine is lighted up my dark and empty classroom
Feel that I am not alone
Hear that laughing from students afar
Am I really fine?
One, two, three, four, and five….Now I can breath with these all.