On the last week of the term, we had our Arts block. However, our music teacher was not able to come in and we were short on staff. Usually I am either on release during this time, or I support the Kapa Haka group. This time, I was asked to take music! Panic - I love music and have participated throughout my life in things such as musicals and choirs, and I play the guitar and piano (VERY basic skills) but I had never TAUGHT music!
So, I walk into the music room (for basically the first time in my life here at Tamaki Primary) with 2 minutes to spare before the children arrived into the classroom. I glance around and spot the 'Rhythm Family' and am transported back in time to a lesson I observed casually in practicum days in the past.
Then... Learn, Create, Share came to mind.
I decided then, that we would LEARN some of the rhythm family. That I would then get students to collaborate in groups/pairs to CREATE their own compositions using body percussion (phew! No need to get the scary instruments out!), and then we would SHARE our compositions.
I had so much fun and the lesson went so smoothly! Students were proud to share their compositions and felt very fancy when I declared they were all composers of music now.
Without the Learn, Create, Share ethos that I has now become so embedded in my practice, I think I would have been in an even bigger panic. It was so cool to see how this cycle really can relate to all learning areas.