“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influences stop.” Henry Adams

If I had to sum up my week and what I learned from teaching this week in one word it would be perseverance. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, being a music teacher is challenging, hard work, and even frustrating at times, but in the end it is all worth it and is so rewarding. I found that you must have perseverance and not give up easily. This week I experienced one of my first success stories that definitely came from perseverance. In my general music class we have learned about rhythmic notation and counting. The students were really struggling with concept. I kept varying my teaching strategies, doing review activities, using visual aids etc. It was definitely a frustrating experience for me because it seemed like no matter what I did the students still weren’t getting it and I wasn’t sure what to do differently.  Finally, early in the week my students  began to understand and began participating more in class, asking more questions, and their scores began improving also. This was an awesome experience for me because it made me realize that my perseverance finally paid off for my students. Continue reading