I love my students. As much as they can annoy me sometimes and they often test my patience, or my lack of it, I still love them.
I want them to succeed in everything, I want them to be happy and prosperous and I want them to become great people.
That’s why I don’t give them shortcuts.
We’re learning every lesson through and through.
We don’t move past their mistakes. We solve them.
And when that mistake shows up again, we solve it again, and again, until the lesson is learned.
When we studied the teaching methods we realised that only one truly mattered. The learning through discovery method. I give them the tools, I ask the right questions, I give directions and the kids discover the new element and understand it much better, because of this discovery process and they gain trust in their own abilities and enjoy the victory of learning something “on their own”.
Sometimes my students are afraid when they’re facing a new challenge. Sometimes they’re afraid even if it’s not necessarily a challenge, it’s only something new. Sometimes they’ll consider quitting all together when something SEEMS hard.
I cannot stress this word enough…SEEMS.
I am the teacher, I already know what my students can or cannot do. I never give them an assignment unless I know they’ve got the tools they need to solve it. And I am always the technical support for them. When they are stuck I always show them how to get out.
I already know how to play the entire musical piece in front of them. I already know how it should sound. I already know all the elements in it and which of them can cause trouble in my student’s little mind and I already know how we’ll solve them.
But my student doesn’t know. He just sees a new music sheet with scary new symbols he’s never seen before and he’s probably wondering why I’m making his life so hard…why can’t we play Mary Had a Little Lamb for the rest of his life.
I already know how it ends and I can even estimate how long it can take for us to finish a certain musical piece.
Sometimes my kids hear a certain song or are attracted by the look of a magnificent and complicated music sheet and they say “When can we do this? Can we play this now?”. I’m like: No way, Dude! You’re 3 years away from that level…we can’t skip any steps! And there are no shortcuts.