Why did you become a teacher? Was it the thrill of performing or sharing a piece of art you created with others? Was it winning awards and receiving well-deserved recognition? I know I enjoyed both of these and wanted my students to experience the pride and excitement that come with sharing art, but is this really why we became teachers?
Let’s try this again.
Why did you become a teacher? Was it the beauty and joy you experienced in the process of learning your craft itself? Was it the perseverance and determination you developed to master new skills? Was it the relationships you built with your peers in the classroom?
What about the excitement you first felt when you realized you could teach someone else a skill you had mastered? Do you remember seeing the light in their eyes when they understood?
The past eight weeks have been tough, and it can be easy to lose sight of the reasons we decided to become teachers. I completely understand the sorrow in canceling events and performances our students had been working toward. This is especially poignant for our seniors as well as as those students who will be moving to middle or high school next school year. It’s healthy to mourn these losses. While we do this, it is important to remember that our students need us to continue to teach them dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.
We don’t know what our future holds, but we do know our students, families, and communities need the arts more than ever before. It is important for us to keep all of this in mind as we are asked to teach students the arts in ways we never imagined we would. Let’s continue to be role models for our students as we creatively adapt to our new reality. Who knows, you may find new reasons to love teaching students the arts.
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VAPA Coordinator, SDCOE