One of my take-home ideas from the MTNA Conference last week was gleaned from the session on My Students Aren’t Listening! Is it Me or Them? Although it was directed toward young children, I think I’m going to see if I can apply it with all my students. It’s the concept of making one point very clear in the lesson so that the student knows without a doubt what they learned that day.
I was reminded of this when I saw this short clip on Telling a Story by veteran NPR reporter Scott Simon (thanks to Gerald Klickstein for including the link in his recent issue of The Musician’s Way newsletter!):
What is your point at each lesson? Do you know? Do your students know?