welcome dancer13 -
-you make a wonderful observation, and your enthusiasm comes through your words in a refreshing way.<P>joanne- also great points - especially re the concern with lack of exercise, and also ALL the rest that you say!<P>christina, you have a superb way with words, and are obviously a great teacher. re this age group, i agree with whoever it was who said <BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>I think maybe you have to be something of an overgrown kid yourself to teach.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>actually, i think that was YOU!<P>i don't see you people posting above as being 'in conflict', though.....i recognise the kind of teacher YOU are for this age group - i have one friend with her own school who is just like that - REALLY packs the value in - and my guess is that rabbit is THAT good too! <P>such teachers are extremely rare in my experience - people who value the education of these little ones every bit as much as if they were teaching a university course.....even more so, actually....<P>but i think the point being made above, somewhere, is that there ARE other activities that can be taught just as well, that can provide the same kinds of enrichment and developmental experiences, without dance.....which is not to say that dance is in any way bad or wasted....but sometimes it IS, for the reasons mentioned above...<P>i laughed out loud at your story with dialogue....<P>the first REALLY excellent teacher of tiny kids i knew was a MAN, trevor dodd, who now lives in new zealand. he had a large family of little boys himself, then, and - yes - he WAS an overgrown kid! he was FULL of bubbling energy like kids are, and could play at work. he was a very good RAD teacher, which made for an unusual combination, since people often find that RAD teachers CAN be rather UN-fun loving, having adopted a very regimented rule-driven syllabus (but of course they need not be...) he was a rare one, though - especially to find a man who had those qualities - or maybe, what is rare is to find a man who feels like he is 'allowed' to SHOW that he HAS those qualities - instead of disguising or repressing them in the name of manliness...<P>just one other point- it is interesting to me to observe, that most posters in this thread are making 'statements' which are not in response to the previous poster....in other words, it seems like this topic is tapping into strong felings that people have, and they have to 'get them out', rather than be diverted by someone else's tack on the subject....or just engage in conversation. that's fine, of course - i'm just pointing it out...reading the thread i was struck by how many strong independent statements there are, without much feeling of linkage, so i'm guessing that people really feel a need to say some things......<P>trina, yours is a great post, i think, even without having read all the thread (as you say)- it fits right in and adds another valuable perspective.<P>basheva, in order to give you an answer - yes i agree with you about teenage teachers, although they CAN have the right kind of energy little kids can relate to, AND the kids tend to fall in love with them, whereas anyone over about 20 apparently looks close to death to these kids..i remember it well!<P>i think that (like many things) it depends on the individual, but i am not expecting any teen to be as good and thorough and understanding a teacher as rabbit or christina would be - they will not offer as RICH an experience - but some can still be very good, with good guidance and some supervision/mentorship.<P>i also agree with someone who said that having these teen teachers, who have come up through your school, CAN be a power trip for the principal, and avoids any outside influences coming in - and that's not a good thing.<P>thank you christina for these generous posts.
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