Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Questioning a Teacher

My favorite teacher was my college glee club director.  He was the most demanding, the most knowledgeable, and the most inspiring teacher I've ever had.  I learned more about music from him than I had in pretty much all of my music experience/education before that.  If it wasn't for him, I would be working for some aerospace company right now and not realizing my true dream of becoming a teacher.

Were there times when you felt like you were at a dead end with the students?  What did you do about it?

How did you get students to commit or buy in to what you were doing and trying to teach them?

What did you think students would get out of your class?  What did you hope students would get out of your class?

How did you connect what we were learning to our own lives and the outside world, even in music?

How did you measure our success or achievement?  Was it a certain level of performance you were looking for?  Was it based on what students got out of the class? 

(And for Heather) What time is it?

1 comment:

  1. Good questions, I would be curious how your instructor was both the most demanding and inspiring teacher you have had. How was he able to do both without learners wanting to give up from being "too demanding"?