As a new TA in a school that was also new to the Dancing Classrooms program, I was feeling a little apprehensive on my very first solo lesson. Sure, I had memorized the lesson well, I had practiced several times with my fellow new TAs, I have 14 years of educational experience in the classroom, and I love an audience. So, why was I feeling uneasy?
Ah, yes. The fear of the unknown. Would I forget anything? (I didn't.) Would I do Shakira with Justin Timberlake steps? (I didn't!) Would the students be more willing to do dance frame position during lesson 2? (They weren't. Ugh.)
But then, at the end of my second class, a student came up to me and earnestly said, "Miss Paula, you must have the best job in the whole school!"
Huh. That's when I realized that, yes, I indeed had the best job in the whole school! As a former classroom teacher, school administrator, and curriculum developer, well, yes, this WAS the best job to be had!
And now, as I enter the second half of my second residency, whenever I feel the slightly bit unsure, I remind myself of what that gentleman said, and I smile and keep on dancing.
--Miss Paula S.