Tonight was the last day of band camp for my daughter. Parents were invited to see a preview of their new field show called The New World. The theme of the field show is outer space.
My husband and I are new to the whole marching band thing. All I can say is wow! The band marched (without instruments), and they called the counts out loud. The formations were very intricate. Everyone looked together as a cohesive unit. To my eyes they looked great. My daughter told me later that there were some mistakes, but I couldn’t tell.
I was very impressed with all they had learned in a short amount of time. I thought of my daughter who has never marched before in her life. The first day she was totally overwhelmed with all the information that was being thrown at her. One night she came to me and said she didn’t understand how to read the formations. She didn’t understand the terminology. I felt bad because I couldn’t help her. I do not have marching band experience. I can see why someone would want to quit. She wanted to give up, but she didn’t. When she came to me and said she finally got it, I was so happy for her. It is amazing to see how far she has come. She is improving everyday.
I am going to make sure I take this lesson with me into the classroom. When my students are feeling frustrated, I need to encourage them to keep going and not give up. Eventually things will begin to make sense. I am also thinking that when times get tough, students need to feel supported. I am sure this is what happened with my daughter. The veteran band members help each other out. They encourage the freshmen to ask questions if they don’t understand something.
I want that feeling of community and camaraderie to happen in my classroom. I know it’s up to me to make that happen. It’s going to be a whole new world for my students and me. I know there may be some setbacks, but if we work together, we can accomplish anything. I am hoping this will be an awesome year.