I am a difficult student.
I cannot stand the open-endedness in assignments and tasks, even though the ambiguity exists to provide flexibility for all of the various contents, curriculums and districts that our cohort members function under. I have a million questions. I want examples. I want to revise and resubmit. I get annoyed that I waste time trying to understand what is being asked of me and not actually on the task itself.
But I also hate being boxed in. I don't teach a core subject area so my teeth start to gnash when I don't have the flexibility to adapt assignments to music. I find myself exasperated when the feedback I receive shows a fundamental misunderstanding of my content area. There is admittedly some contradiction here, re: my distaste for ambiguity while insisting on adaptability.
What I finally had to admit today is that I want to do things on my terms and no one else's. I want clear, explicit directions but I expect the freedom to divert from that at will, and without recourse. But that is just not how the world works. I'm working on it.
I told you I was a difficult student.
Reese: Elementary Music Teacher in Chicagoland. Clarinetist and Trumpeter.
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