And remember, it’s about the kids

A little while ago I included a post with a video of a heart-warming song sung by 5th graders in New York.

Here’s another one you’ll enjoy

This choir is testament to one man’s relationship with a regular class of 5th graders in New York, it’s not a music school or selective school:

The PS22 Chorus was formed in the year 2000. We are an ever-changing group of 5th graders from a public elementary school in New York City, NOT a school for the arts or a magnet program.

Read about this teacher/musician and view more videos on his YouTube page.

The PS22 Chorus has a blog documenting their activities with lots more videos to watch.

Watching this video reminded me that it’s really all about the kids. At a time when teachers have been swamped with corrections and report writing, labouring over sentence structure and punctuation, categorising students into cleanly definable spaces, it’s good to remember that it’s really just about the kids themselves. When I look at what this teacher has brought out in these kids, I do a double-take and step back to reflect. How can I keep that important focus without getting side-tracked by the structures. I’d like to remember that the structures are there to support the kids, and not the kids to support the structures.

PS22choir

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Filed under creativity, Education, music, teachers

4 responses to “And remember, it’s about the kids

  1. Alas for those that never sing,
    But die with all their music in them!
    ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

    How wonderful to see the children express their emotions and vitality through music. Holmes’ quote could also apply to education. Good teachers empower students.

  2. Paul, you always know what to say! Thanks for adding to the post with an apt quotations.

  3. Wow! Thanks for sharing this. Their joy in music is contageous. You can feel their confidence and sense of self. This will give them a leg up on their futures.

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