Monday, January 4, 2010

Week #6 Training-One on One

Our training time together is still once a week and we work on fine
tuning teaching skills. We really have a lot of fun!

This week, we worked on ways to introduce a scarf dance. We get very
specific in our study. One of the main points I like to emphasize is
the fact that the activity never starts when the music begins. It always
starts with exploration of the instrument you pass out, or the words
of direction that we give to the children before we pass out the scarves,
for example.

Exploration is a key element to learning for both teacher and student. We give ample time to the children to explore their world through movement and observation of their handling the instruments before we begin any guided activity.

"It is becoming increasingly clear through research on the brain as well as in other areas of study, that childhood needs play. Play acts as a forward feed mechanism into courageous, creative, rigorous thinking in adulthood."
--Tina Bruce, Professor, London Metropoltian University

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