Currently I have 3 music teachers working at Rhythm Rumble, interestingly we are naturally reserved, quiet people who have chosen to conduct music classes in a very public forum.
At Rhythm Rumble our classes mostly entail us to visit Childcare centres and conduct a class between 20-40 minutes with children aged between 6 months to 5 years. Each age group offers their fair share of challenges as well as benefits. And as the main face of Rhythm Rumble I hear all of the feedback about my teachers, the good, the bad and the ugly.
Recently we attended a training day and the theme was “Good Teacher versus Great Teacher.” The Rhythm Rumble teachers are passionate, talented women but sometimes we lack the ability to be Great.
Firstly what does a great teacher look like? My version of a great teacher may differ from someone else, but I think what we could all agree on is the ethos of a great teacher is someone who is able to inspire. Rhythm Rumble’s vision is “To inspire children to live music everyday” and we needed as a group to develop different parts of our character and technique to become inspirational to our students.
what we learnt on this training day was invaluable to becoming Great teachers and also reflective on how we conduct ourselves in and out of Rhythm Rumble.
This is what we came up with:
Good Teacher Qualities
- Aware fo Childrens Needs
Great Teacher Qualities
- Teach through play
- Be creative with sustaining engagement
- Problem solving and improvising
- Set boundaries and be respectful and earn respect
- Be encouraging and kind
- Know that difficult behaviour is not personal
- Give children achievable goals to encourage self esteem
- Provide positive reinforcement
- Have the ability to meet Childrens needs
- Change your style with different age group and different group.
We have a lot to work towards, and are extremely committed. But sometimes bringing these points to the surface of our consciousness is half the battle. As well as being self reflective and assessing ourselves and being open to feedback.
So far all 4 of us are openly assessing ourselves to improve. Onwards and Upwards