By Camille Guthrie, Year 6 Student
Swish swash: the noise of the angry river. Clip clop: the animals who were fleeing. Drip drop: the noise of the river’s last drops.
Kiah Leslie, Junior School Teacher - Music
In any ‘normal’ year I would say I have the greatest job in the world. I love music, I love the primary years, and I love teaching and learning.
This month has perhaps been the most significant time of adjustment I have experienced in my teaching career and I’ve taught remote!
A new school, a new (and incredibly beautiful) classroom, a few hundred new students and a new team of colleagues. I had done it before and I could certainly do it again! Then came Covid-19, an entirely remodelled approach to teaching and learning and I am sure, a few grey hairs on my head!
I am such an ardent advocate for my subject with consideration to the intrinsic value music carries in the development of the whole child. I have missed making music with students, guiding them in their learning and sharing in their moments of discovery and creativity. I have missed the community aspect of the arts, choral work, folk dances, singing games, instrumental ensembles and the buzzing lead up to an important event.
In this time, I have found it helpful to focus my energy on ‘silver linings’.
I have – for the first time in my professional career – met the teachers before their students! I have developed new instructional skills and explored new ways of approaching learning tasks. I have held successful zoom sessions with over 90 students at a time and have stretched myself as close to a fifth Wiggle as I could possibly ever be comfortable with! I have met students in the comfort of their own home and gained insight into their personal styles and interests. Most importantly, I have indulged in being a learner again!
I am sincerely looking forward to welcoming the students back to school in the coming weeks and taking care of them on their musical journey this year!« Back to IndexNext article in this edition »