I teach 2nd grade at a Title I school. Our student population is diverse, and 85% are identified as economically disadvantaged. But low income doesn't mean low ability or low desire. My students come to school every day eager to learn and willing to do their best. In turn, I need to do my very best to empower them and give them everything I can to help them be successful.
Art shouldn't be treated as optional.
Arts are essential to a well-rounded, purposeful education.
I had the pleasure of attending the Ron Clark Academy in January. One of the most simple yet powerful tools I saw in use was drums and music in the classroom. The drums added an element of community during lessons.
Allowing easily distracted students to be in charge of a drum will help them develop their concentration and self-control because they'll want the opportunity to use it frequently.
We need a collection of small drums. During group lessons, the drums can be played when the class is clapping, during an important point in the lesson, when something is funny, or to encourage a student who is having difficulty with a question or concept.
The drums added an element of excitement and joy to every classroom I visited at the Ron Clark Academy. I want that same upbeat environment for my students.
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