This post dates all the way back to the start of my teaching profession. I debated posting this one but in the end it is real funny. This truly reflects the phrase that hindsight is 20/20. And once I again I was enlightened at the end of my day.
As you may already know, music plays a large role in my daily teaching practice. It can rowdy a mild crowd and sooth a rowdy crowd. It supports all areas of learning and no one can resist an impromptu dance party. Put on a dance tune in my room and a joyful chaos erupts.
Have you seen Grease? Do you remember the Hand Jive? I thought it would be fun to teach the class the Hand Jive. I had the right music playing and eventually the kids loved it. We had a blast for a little bit and then it was back to the books. It was a great break in the day. I went to school the next morning and was quickly greeted by a parent. She asked me if I had time to meet with her after school. Anyone that has had this interaction understands that this is what I thought about all day. What could it be? What happened? I hope everything is okay. It was an uneventful day as far as the classroom goes and then it was meeting time.
(Keep in mind that at the time of this conversation I was a new teacher, just getting started.)
Parent- “Ummm,(silence,throat clear) yesterday my daughter came home from school and said that she learned how to do the hand job.” AWKWARD SILENCE, I quickly saw my career, degree, EMT license flash before my eyes. My heart skipped three beats. In my head I just kept thinking that I am going to jail, I am going to jail, I am going to jail.
“WWWHHHHAAATTTT?” I quickly and confidently and nervously said “No, it was the Hand Jive, you know from Grease. Do the crazy hand jive.” I am sure I stuttered a bit as I chose my words. And yes, I proceeded to go through the motions of the hand jive. Slowly she began to smile and I was thankful that she was a fan of Grease. Again I was enlightened.
Now I stick to Kidz Bop and playing my guitar for freeze dance.