After Theory, Mrs. D pointed out to me that one student has been getting more disrespectful toward me. I hadn't noticed, which seems like a pretty disappointing oversight of mine considering the mere five students in the class.
Have you ever tried to explain ledger lines to a 12-year old with a learning disability? How about 28 at once? Such a feat isn't rocket science...it's harder.
I can't seem to find a previously blogged explanation of a significant part of my educational philosophy as it relates to moments like that (Edit: Found it, 9/1). I find it extremely valuable for students to see their teacher as more than a container of knowledge on one subject, but instead as a more complete person who knows about other things, too. The best manifestation of this is when I'm able to connect something from another subject to music, but times when I get to briefly teach them about something completely unrelated are still very satisfying.
The Boxer - Carbon Leaf