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Confused about parent teacher
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Author:  LisaRG [ Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Confused about parent teacher

My 10 year old had her parent teacher conference
It was a special one and involved three teachers
They are worried about her because her work is erratic. Some great days and some lethargic. I spoke with my DD and she doesn't say much. I am going to be more aggressive with bed time but I think it is more than that. She insist she likes going to classes. I feel as if they may not ask us back for a third year although they told me not to worry they have 3 more months to help her
I am feeling down - she is in a very competitive school and one more year would be great.
Any support would help

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Author:  Dean Speer [ Fri Feb 20, 2015 1:08 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Confused about parent teacher

I think you have a teaching opportunity here -- to have a conversation about what consistency means and how to apply this to her classes -- which she likes, to help maximize her potential.

Self-awareness and how we are perceived by others -- subjective vs. objective, are often two different things. The ballet studio mirrors help for some self-correcting things but certainly don't provide the complete feedback picture. I know when I was being trained, at one point at barre I thought my leg was way up in arabesque and Gwenn said, "Dean, your leg is only about three inches off the floor!"

Some measurements and processes to put into place might be: Does your daughter keep getting the same corrections? Does she write them down or otherwise memorize them and then thoughtfully work to make change? When she hears both general and individual corrections/comments, does she know that they apply too to herself? Does she "self-talk" and say how does that apply to my work? [Or does it?] When she's worked through one set of things to work on, yes, then there will be more, so it's important that she get through these first.

When she sees something that she likes -- either in another student or with the teacher, does she make note to try to apply that to herself and her own technique?

I typically give over 200 corrections/comments in every single 1.5 hour technique class [we know this, as a student who needed to observe one day wrote them all down].

Does your daughter practice on the side while other groups go for their turns in the center? This is a good work habit to get into right away. It makes best use of time.
Self-correcting and applying comments and coaching begin in lower levels and continue all the way through the most experienced and professional levels.

Hope these suggestions help!

Author:  LisaRG [ Mon Feb 23, 2015 6:43 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Confused about parent teacher

Thank you,
Your comments are very useful, and to some extent a relief.

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