If I ever need reminding about the struggle of being a band director and why it’s important to do what I do, Wynton Marsalis sums it up in this talk. All of it applicable to those who learn and those who teach.
I forget sometimes how disorganized learning can be for middle school kids. When I teach I tend to offer more help than seems necessary for some kids. With all the educational plans for individual kids and accommodations that need to be made, I forget that learning is a messy business.
Some confusion for kids is unavoidable. A backpack that looks like an implosion of five text books is normal. Perhaps some peanut butter and jelly caked to the edge of a homework assignment is okay.
Looks like I need to loosen up a bit and let kids be messy…at least sometimes.