Young children are a blast to teach. I am having a great time at a school who asked me to come in and teach till the end of the year because their music teacher left.
I have a very different style of teaching than my predecessor. I use my guitar mostly and sometimes my Ipod which will give me even more freedom at times for hand motion; and at times I will do things acapella. I like to teach the kids poems sometimes and they really enjoy it, and I am famous for singing books.
Last week, I did the Allard’s piece, “Ants In the Pants.” I started out with saying that I had a problem. Of course the kids asked me what kind of problem, and I answered that I had ants in my pants and I needed help. 99% of the class started giggling, but this little girl asked me very seriously if she could see my ants in my pants. I told her that I could not show them to her, so I began the song. She did participate. The class had a great time with the song. They loved the movements and of course I am playing guitar and doing the movements with them. When I was done with the song, I told the kids that I know longer had the ants in my pants. The little girl asked me if I could show her how they left and if she could see them. She was so serious and so concerned! Not scared, just concerned. Her teacher and I got such a kick out of it!
With students in general I find that quirkiness really captures them and I am that type of person so it is easy. It makes classes more fun and at times unpredictable in a positive way. Even when I am teaching other subjects, it is good to be a little unpredictable, quirky, and fun.
So, lets go out there teaching with Ants In the Pants!