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Talking with Talking Drums
My students need to experience world music in authentic ways that directly connects them with cultures that we study. The talking drum brings my students directly to Ghana, West Africa.
At my school, every teacher and student are part of a family. We laugh, cry, and struggle together. Though there are challenges, this is an amazing place that fosters a positive learning atmosphere. Students, parents, and teachers alike work together to create an environment that promotes exploration and excitement for education. Our school is a great place to be and I am so proud to be a part of this district. Our fifth grade leaders show the other students what is expected and our third graders try hard to impress. Every student has a voice and is encouraged to shine in their own unique way. This school is my job, but it is also a home and a family. In my classroom, I provide a safe and encouraging environment where students can explore the world through music, movement, experimentation, and fun. There is an inherent amount of risk taking, and I encourage students to put themselves out there and take risks.
My students already experience African drumming, however, we do not currently have any authentic drums. The talking drum serves several purposes in tribal culture, including preserving the history of the tribe. They are used to communicate over long distances, and to settle disputes. You can help bring students an experience by providing drums that will allow them to bring a culture to life. In my classroom I strive to teach students about the world. These drums will bring West Africa directly into the school and directly into the hands of my students. In the global community where we live it is imperative for children to understand the cultures of many so that we can grow as a society and expand our horizons.
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