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I love working in this area. I have the privilege to work with young kids that struggle in certain areas in life. They are extremely great kids that just learn in a different way then what we would conceptualize as “normal”. They are filled with frustration for learning, but once you sit down and get to know them on a personal level and find what their interests are, they are full of a want to learn and discover.
These kids love to have fun and laugh, and they have so much to offer. I believe that working as an educational assistant it is an amazing stepping stone coming into teaching. It is sometimes a challenging job, it challenges your patience, determination, motivation, beliefs, and values. At the end of the day it can be the most rewarding job if they have accomplished one of their goals, big or small.
Below are some pictures of some of my experiences.
For the last 12 years I have taught private piano, guitar, voice, musical theater and choir. I have done the choir voluntarily because I could, also because there is no music program at our school. I believe that an arts program is extremely important in every school. Some children thrive in those areas and feel that they can excel in those areas, when sometimes they struggle in areas such as Science, Math or English. When teaching choir, I use a call response method that is great for kids that struggle with reading music or even reading writing. They completely depend on their ear. This enables any age of child to join choir when ever they would like to. Below is some pictures and some links of some of the performances we have done.
In the summer when school is closed and music lessons are done, I keep going. I lifeguard at the Stoughton Swimming Pool all summer long. I teach swimming lessons in 3 week increments. I teach every level from Preschool to Level 10. Most of the time the lessons are split levels to have a decent number of kids at one time. I love to teach with song, rhythm and visual. I also love being able to get into the water and play games with the kids. I have to prep my own classes and be able to help the kids be ready for the next level.