So J' a music teacher and every year we
have what are called "walk through
observations". Basically, this means that 4
times a year the principal or vice principal
comes into my class to assess my
teaching. Fine. Sure. No problem.
Well, today I was doing an activity with my
sst graders called "Musical Groceries".
Basically, they make up a fake shopping
list and then together we figure out what
the rhythm of the words on the list is. To
do that, a small group of students plays
the beat on the conga drum while the rest
of the students move around the room
while chanting the word. It sounds weird
but it' s a great way for the kids to figure
out the relationship between syllables and
They quickly get bored of walking the
rhythm so I let them come up with their
own ways of moving around the room.(
skipping, hopping, etc) One student
suggested they hop around the room like
frogs, way down low to the ground. Okay
Or it was fine until my vice principal walked
in to do my observation only to find 20
seven year olds hopping around the room
like a hoard of little cockgoblins,
rhythmically chanting "BREAD! BREAD!
BREAD!" while five other kids played
ominous beats in a drum circle.
I have never seen anyone look so
confused in my life and I really don' t want
to know the rating I got on my observation.