Lately, I have been learning to square my shoulders back and brave new opportunities. I started teaching at two elementary schools as a full time music and band teacher since the term started after spring break. It’s been a wonderful challenge for me in many ways. Not only am I rediscovering my love for music, I am also realizing how little I know about music education. I have been immersed in music education since I was a child– I went to a music preschool/kindergarten school, my elementary school was very musical and had the largest strings orchestra in Vancouver, and I studied piano diligently. Never had I thought that I would actually become a music teacher (and it was by chance, too). I am learning so much about band instruments from my students and my own research and study at home… it takes a lot of humility and humour to be learning alongside my students.
With my full time job with the school district, teaching the four classes at the Academy, and mentoring a grade seven girl from YHS, I’ve become very thoughtful about the extra time I have leftover. I am getting so much better at leaving work at work, and being able to say no to some social events in order to savour some down time. I feel that I am experiencing a lot of growth. I feel less stressed out and more able to step back and appreciate that teaching is also a learning process.
It is so profoundly wonderful to be in a community of educators, to be part of a school, because I know that I have so much to learn from the experienced teachers surrounding me. I may not have much experience right now but I sure am learning quickly!