Learning to sing waiata – what it teaches me about learning

One of the traditions (expectations?) in several colleges is that teachers participate in singing waiata together each Friday. I never really enjoyed singing or languages at school, hence a double challenge. However, regardless of my levels of enthusiasm I did pause to reflect on :

1. When you don’t enjoy what you are doing, and you are not good at it anyway, the lesson is not a lot of fun.

2. Being picked out to sing as part of a small group can be both intimidating and stressful. (this did not happen but could potentially)

This is how students may feel. New material, lack of confidence, wish not to be singled out etc…

In some small way learning waiata has given me insight into how students may feel in a classroom, and given I have not been in a classroom for many years, that is quite a useful insight to gain.



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