I remember quite some time ago talking to another TA (I don't remember who, or even if they were a music TA) about how weird it is to write on a board--how odd spelling is, or music notation, when it's giant and right in front of your face. With that caveat, music fans may want to skip to 17:50, where I get a question I (or, you know, a third-grader) should slam out of the ballpark, but I only sort of get it right.
Which begs the question of the century in music pedagogy: do they make whiteboard rostrums? Yes, I know there are whiteboards with music staves already on them, but there's just something about the thought of seeing a teacher line up five pieces of chalk, each broken in its own weird way, that gets lost in this new age of markers.
Of course, who's ever been in a classroom that had two working dry erase markers, let alone five?
What did I learn about myself? (A bulleted list)
- I'm a big giant nerd
- I don't know anything about beer.
- I don't know anything about science.
- I'm utterly reliant on a calculator for even basic arithmetic
- I'm super nerdy.
- I talk with my hands.
- I make funny faces.
- I fidget.
- I talk with my hands, a whole lot.
- I make funny faces, a whole lot.
- I fidget, a whole lot.
- I'm nerdy.
- I need to brush up on the British new-wave.