I get so freaked out by the idea of teaching [Suzuki] group classes. I’m sure it’s because I just haven’t done it very many times (once, really, to be official).
This morning I observed the class I will be teaching for my videotape (in the next few weeks, evidently). The teacher was wonderful with the group, and the kids were both very cute and pretty responsive as well. I took tons of notes (as usual!) and got several new ideas of things to do. I started feeling more confident about the class since the teacher made it look so easy to teach them. Of course, it’s because she’s an experienced teacher, and has tons of ideas and THUSLY is able to seamlessly move from activity to activity, quickly moving on from something that doesn’t work before the kids notice a problem. I also feel like I need more, new ideas, but probably at this point, I just need to really KNOW the ideas I have observed, and be able to pull them out of a hat, so to speak. Like private teaching, I’m sure group teaching is a skill that just takes practice, and I just need more of it.