Day 65 (of 184) lights camera action
Why do concerts? Stress and anxiety up the wazoo. For both students, families an teachers. Especially in winter when report cards are being worked on. And a variety of other ‘windups’ happening (sport activities, cultural events, etc).
It’s definitely easier to avoid them. Lots of work. Lots of unhappiness about the times (too early, too late). But there is still value – when all members of the learning community are willing to give up their ‘non-timetabled time’ and see students extend themselves, and take risks, and perform in front of hundreds of people (we usually push the limits of our gym capacity) many of which our students don’t know: they might be family, but not their family!
To see so many students ‘step up’ and show pride when usually they are so shy. Or perform for the first time like our kindergarteners. It is impressive to see our students blend their school persona with their home character.
There is a reason why schools are looking at ‘different timetables’ an supporting extra- and co-curricular activities: to model and encourage learning beyond the brick and mortar school/classroom environment.
The tradition of concerts has its advocates and opponents – all with valid arguments. I just know that when I see students (who I think I ‘know’) surprise me, that’s an activity I want to duplicate to see other students ‘step up’ as well!