When we grow older, learning isa process that stays with us until our final breath is drawn. Yesterday I began another after school adventure with several. I decided to return to this for one more session, not only because I miss the children, but I realized I need the energy that they provide.
I’ve discovered that being inactive is not in my vocabulary. I’ve learned that I really was overloaded, but I can’t stop doing what I love. So once again I am coaching little minds in the art of drama.
When you teach, you often wonder just how much of it’s actually being absorbed. You look at the sweet, little faces and as they begin to squirm with disinterest, you imagine they’d much rather be outdoors playing on the playground.
I was surprised that many of the techniques I’d taught in the past, were remembered. For example, I often tell my kids not to have their back to the audience, because we need to hear them and see the emotion on their faces. I tell them to imagine they have a hole in their pants and they certainly wouldn’t want anyone to see it. When you put it in their terms, it seems to make a lasting impression.
I usually begin my classes by laying down the ground rules. The usual things, like not talking out of turn, listening to the teacher, respect and not hurting each other were first on the list. Then a darling kindergartner piped up, “No biting your friends. Especially in kindergarten!” I could imagine the training that went on between parent and child over the summer. It was a good point, but I added maybe we should include everyone in that rule. NO BITING ANYONE!
As the class progressed, I could see talent emerging everywhere. One child wanted to be a zombie forever. Another needed to be on stage constantly. There was the quiet one – who I’m certain will be bursting with energy next week.
As the hour came to a close, I was amazed I was still standing. I tend to underestimate myself sometimes, but there is nothing like a group of children to re-energize you. Today I’ll be working with my group of seniors. I may encounter much of what I experienced yesterday, but I hope the thought of biting your friends doesn’t come up again.
I guess there still is use for this old woman!